Widespread flu activity reported in Iowa and Minnesota

The flu has hit the U.S. hard this year, as a good majority of the country is seeing widespread flu activity this season

Posted: Feb 21, 2020 2:36 AM
Updated: Feb 21, 2020 8:56 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa - If you've been feeling under the weather this winter, you're not alone.

In the latest Influenza Reports, the Departments of Health in Iowa and Minnesota are reporting widespread flu activity. In addition, a good majority of the U.S. is seeing similar activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While Minnesota is seeing influenza A be the more dominant strain, Iowa is largely seeing influenza B.

Becky Higgins gets her flu shot yearly, as well as her two kids. A week after her daughter received the vaccine, she got sick a week later, and while taking care of her, Becky herself caught the flu.

"It was the body aches, the chills, the hot the next minute, the sweats. Lots of body aches."

"When I had the achy influenza, I was down for probably 5-6 days."

This year, the flu is spreading at her childrens' school.

"I did get an email from the school the other day that if your kid was sick, or their daily routine was going to be changing in any way, to call the office, not just email the teacher. Because they were having a lot of teachers that were out due to the flu."

She's also noticed that the flu is becoming a common nuisance.

"I don't really get sick often. But I have had the achy influenza the past two years, and I hardly ever get sick."

Jennifer Stiles with CG Public Health says there has been an uptick in flu cases across Cerro Gordo County.

"We do active disease surveillance and through that, we get information from the schools and clinics."

She notes that influenza impacts everyone differently.

"Just because people have one symptom, that doesn't mean they have to have all symptoms of influenza to have influenza."

If you are questioning whether you have the flu, Stiles says to remember the acronym 'FACTS.'

"think of the fever, aches, chills, tiredness and maybe even a sore throat."

If you have yet to receive a flu shot, CG Public Health has plenty of vaccine left for the remainder of the season.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 42772

Reported Deaths: 1542
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Hennepin13697791
Ramsey5313234
Dakota275396
Stearns253619
Anoka2458111
Nobles16946
Washington130641
Olmsted130220
Mower9872
Scott8994
Rice8928
Clay62038
Kandiyohi5951
Blue Earth5862
Wright5475
Carver5002
Todd4042
Sherburne3725
Lyon3512
Freeborn3140
Watonwan2720
Steele2501
Benton2423
St. Louis23816
Nicollet20712
Martin1755
Winona15015
Cottonwood1420
Goodhue1428
Le Sueur1361
Crow Wing11512
Otter Tail1151
Pine1150
Chisago1111
McLeod1030
Dodge990
Carlton940
Polk903
Unassigned8838
Pipestone864
Isanti830
Murray830
Chippewa811
Waseca800
Itasca7612
Douglas740
Morrison691
Becker680
Meeker661
Faribault610
Jackson580
Sibley572
Beltrami550
Pennington540
Brown492
Wabasha430
Mille Lacs412
Renville373
Fillmore360
Rock350
Swift351
Grant320
Houston320
Yellow Medicine310
Roseau280
Lincoln250
Redwood250
Koochiching221
Wilkin223
Norman210
Cass202
Big Stone180
Kanabec181
Wadena180
Aitkin160
Marshall160
Clearwater150
Mahnomen131
Pope130
Stevens110
Hubbard100
Lake90
Traverse70
Lac qui Parle50
Red Lake50
Kittson20
Cook10
Lake of the Woods00

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Confirmed Cases: 35534

Reported Deaths: 754
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Polk7611185
Woodbury334944
Black Hawk253459
Buena Vista173811
Johnson14878
Dallas141531
Linn141083
Marshall110019
Scott109810
Dubuque100023
Story8778
Pottawattamie84113
Wapello71631
Muscatine69545
Crawford6813
Sioux5050
Tama48829
Webster4295
Wright3991
Louisa36713
Jasper35717
Plymouth3535
Warren3371
Cerro Gordo3291
Dickinson3073
Washington2559
Hamilton2041
Boone1751
Clay1511
Clarke1453
Clinton1391
Allamakee1384
Mahaska11917
Shelby1190
Carroll1171
Bremer1167
Franklin1130
Poweshiek1128
Pocahontas1091
Des Moines1022
Emmet970
Cedar961
Henry933
Hardin920
Cherokee851
Marion840
Floyd822
Guthrie814
Taylor810
Benton781
Monona780
Jones741
Butler702
Osceola690
Sac680
Jackson670
Buchanan651
Calhoun652
Iowa631
Jefferson630
Hancock621
Harrison620
Lyon610
Humboldt601
Fayette590
Delaware581
Madison562
Lee542
Mills530
Palo Alto530
Monroe527
Clayton503
Winneshiek500
Grundy470
Mitchell470
Winnebago440
Davis431
Kossuth430
Union430
Howard370
Lucas354
Unassigned350
Chickasaw310
Greene310
Cass300
Worth270
Appanoose243
Keokuk241
Ida230
Page220
Van Buren211
Audubon181
Adair170
Ringgold161
Montgomery152
Decatur130
Fremont110
Wayne110
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