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Ballad Health: 2 more flu deaths in last week

Brandon Paykamian, Johnson City Press • Feb 20, 2018 at 10:09 AM

Two more flu-related deaths were reported in Ballad Health’s regional hospitals last week, bringing the total to 23 this season.

From Oct. 1 through Sunday, Ballad’s hospitals recorded 4,152 positive influenza cases and 23 flu-related deaths, two more than had been reported through Feb. 10, according to statistics released Monday. The numbers were only from emergency departments and did not include figures from urgent care providers and private physician offices.

According to Johnson City Schools officials, a student from North Side Elementary School died over the weekend. Federal privacy laws prevented school officials from disclosing information pertaining to the child’s identity. The administration had no information related to the cause of death.

“One of our students passed away. That’s all we know at this point. We don’t have any information about that,” Dr. Debra Bentley said. “We are very limited in what we can discuss because of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) regulations.”

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