Flu factors into three Island County deaths in early 2018

All suffered underlying medical conditions

Three Island County have residents died from influenza this year, adding to the state’s growing tally of flu fatalities and outbreaks.

The three deaths are among 132 laboratory-confirmed flu fatalities reported by the Washington State Department of Health.

One person was in their late 50s, the second in their late 60s, said Dr. Brad Thomas, Island County Health Officer. Both were sent off the island for hospitalization.

One patient was already critically ill with multiple organ system failure and “died with the flu and not because of it,” Thomas said.

A patient in their 90s with an underlying lung condition was confirmed as Island County’s third flu fatality this week.

WhidbeyHealth Medical Center is seeing more positive test results for influenza, Thomas said, “but testing alone may not reflect community illness levels.”

Unlike other counties, such as Snohomish and Pierce, Island County isn’t experiencing clinics packed with sneezing and sniffling people.

No local nursing homes or long term care facilities have reported flu outbreaks, Thomas said. Statewide, 113 influenza-like illness outbreaks have been reported in long-term care facilities.

Three deaths from the flu were reported in Island County for the 2016-2017 season, which ended Oct. 1.

Health officials point out it’s not easy to gauge the prevalence of flu, since only deaths are reported, not cases of possible flu.

They advise the usual precautionary measures: Get a flu shot, wash your hands, cover your cough and stay home from school or work if you experience flu’s major symptoms of fever, chills, body aches, chest discomfort and a cough.

More in News

New education, training program for juvenile court

Island County Juvenile Court will soon start a pilot program aimed at… Continue reading

Paula Ludtke, SWHS teacher and choir director, sang a rendition of “Thanks for the Memories” to Chris Gibson to honor him for his five years of service as Foundation Board President. Photo provided. Photo by Laura Canby.
Schools foundation ends year with gala, awards

The South Whidbey Schools Foundation followed up its annual fundraising gala —… Continue reading

Expert says chief followed right protocol

David Marks’ arrest of suspect ‘exactly what we teach’

Photos by Whidbey Camano Land Trust
                                Taylor Schmuki, left, and Kyle Ostermick-Durkee, both part of the Whidbey Camano Land Trust’s stewardship team, study the plant life this spring in a newly protected forest on South Whidbey.
Conservation Buyer Saves a Whidbey Island Forest

By RON NEWBERRY Special to the Record Pat Powell has worked with… Continue reading

Sailor shoots man, himself

A Navy man shot another man and then himself in Oak Harbor… Continue reading

Trooper, ranger try to prevent man from jumping off bridge

A trooper with the Washington State Patrol and a ranger with State… Continue reading

Valetta Faye will perform at Ott & Murphy Wines in Langley.
Singing sensation comes to South Whidbey

Singing is her passion, music is her soul. That’s singer Valetta Faye’s… Continue reading

Shhh…it’s a surprise party for old-timer Bill Lanning

Friends, customers invited to celebrate former owner of Bill’s Feed Tack

Retail sales grew in Island County, Langley

New numbers released by the state Department of Revenue show that Island… Continue reading

Most Read