County combines COVID-19 and influenza data in Respiratory Virus Report – KPBS

by | Oct 21, 2022 | COVID-19

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency has introduced a combined Respiratory Virus Surveillance Report, which moving forward today will track both COVID-19 and influenza in the region.The weekly report, to be released Thursdays, is intended to provide San Diegans with a detailed snapshot of common respiratory illness activity in the region.”The new report paints a more comprehensive picture of respiratory illness activity in the region,” said Dr. Wilma J. Wooten, county public health officer. “The report is a one-stop shop for community members and healthcare providers, and we will continue to update it with new features in the future as necessary.”In the first report, the number of coronavirus and influenza cases tracked since July 3, 2022 stands at 86,608 and 1,664, respectively. Since that shared date, 96 San Diegans have died from COVID-19, none from the flu.The 1,664 flu cases reported to the county this year, are more than seven times higher than the 217 cases reported at the same time last year during the 2021-22 flu season. While the county monitors flu activit …

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