March 31, 2010
Georgia is seeing a spike in swine flu hospitalizations, Associated Press reports. Georgia has recorded the most hospitalizations in the nation for three straight weeks.
"We are keeping up with the numbers," said Hayla Hall, spokesperson for District 4 Health Services.
"We have had 70 hospitalizations since May 2009" in District 4, she said. Ten of those were Coweta residents, she said.
"We have had 11 total deaths for the district since May 2009," said Hall. "Six of the 11 have occurred since January of this year. Two Coweta residents have died from influenza-associated illness."
One passed in October 2009, the other died earlier this month.
"Unfortunately the increase in hospitalizations is in older adults with underlying medical conditions."
There have been a total of 1,012 H1N1 hospitalizations and 72 influenza associated deaths in Georgia since April 2009.
District 4 Public Health promotes wellness and protects the health and wellbeing of all people who live, work, and play in Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson Counties of Georgia.