The bad news is that influenza is now widespread in Minnesota, and across the nation.
The good news is that the West Central Region of the state, which includes Otter Tail County, has the lowest incidence of flu so far this season, according to the Minnesota Department of Health’s weekly flu report.
Through Jan. 4, only 10 people were reported with the flu and just two people were hospitalized in the 16-county West Central Region, which includes Otter Tail. That’s just 1% of all cases in the state.
The Central Region, with 14 counties including Wadena, Todd, Morrison, Stearns and Cass, isn’t faring as well. It has the second-highest number of flu cases so far, 10%, with 79 people sick and seven of them hospitalized.
The metro area, of course, has by far the most cases, 71%, with 533 people sick and 121 hospitalized.