The Tennessee Department of Health reports that eight children have already died from the flu in Tennessee. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that 68 children have died nationwide. The CDC also reports there are as many as 26 million cases of the flu nationwide, and at least 10,000 people have died.
45 Tennessee counties have reported flu results recently.
Some schools have reported absenteeism numbers levels as high as 10% of the student population, prompting the closure as an effort to limit the spreading of illness.
According to the CDC, the threshold for an epidemic declaration is a mortality rate of 7.2%. The National Center for Health Statistics states that 6.7% of all deaths during the week ending January 18, 2020 were due to pneumonia and influenza, falling just short of epidemic levels.