The Douglas County Department of Health reports that the number of influenza cases in Omaha continues to decline.

OMAHA, Nebraska (Nebraska) — The Douglas County Department of Health said the number of reported flu cases continues to decline. The percentage of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI), emergency department visits for ILI, and hospitalizations for ILI also decreased. School truancy due to illness was not available due to inclement weather last week.

  • In total, this season (since October 1, 2022) there were 6,979 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza, last week – 71 cases.
  • Of the 6,979 cases reported this season, 810 cases were associated with influenza type A rapid influenza antigen test (RIDT).
  • 6, 157 were PCR-confirmed influenza type A (399 subtyped A H3 and 244 subtyped A H1N1), 8 were PCR-confirmed influenza type B, three were RIDT type B, and one was untyped.

The positive predictive value of RIDT is low when influenza prevalence is low, so the likelihood of false positives is high.

This season, Douglas County has recorded eight adult deaths and one child death related to the flu. Adult deaths from influenza are not legally recorded and may be underreported.

A total of 34 positive tests for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) were reported out of 1,027 tests conducted last week.

The COVID-19 community rate in Douglas County is currently low.


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