Vermont health officials say the flu is finally slowing down in the state and they believe the outbreak has peaked.
Hundreds of patients have flooded the emergency room of the state's largest hospital since late December. And like other health care facilities in the region, Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington has been maxed out because of influenza.
But now the state is calling the outbreak regional rather than widespread, and Fletcher Allen says it, too, is seeing fewer patients.
"I think that things are trending down a little bit. It doesn't mean that they're gone, but the number of people we're admitting to the hospital is less, though I will say that we admitted somebody yesterday with influenza. But it's clearly trending down. I think that the number of tests we're doing are trending down and the number of positive tests are coming down," said Dr. Christopher Grace, an infectious disease specialist at FAHC.
Grace says this year's flu season is the worst he has seen in years, both in numbers and in severity. He also warns that people can still get the flu through April despite the slowdown in new cases.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:06 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:06:59 GMT
A historic building in North Bennington will have new owners and a new purpose. Merchant's Bank donated the building to the Fund for North Bennington and the Preservation Trust of Vermont. That buildingMore >>
A historic building in North Bennington will have new owners and a new purpose.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:05 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:05:58 GMT
Do you know how much time your children or grandchildren spend in phys ed? Where you live in Vermont can make a big difference in answering that question. This week on the Channel 3 News at 6 p.m., EducationMore >>
Do you know how much time your children or grandchildren spend in phys ed? Where you live in Vermont can make a big difference in answering that question.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:09:03 GMT
Work on a chain reaction road project is in full swing starting in Northfield. Crews are working on the final coat of pavement on Route 12 and 12A, and hope to wrap up shortly. The next phase in RandolphMore >>
Work on a chain reaction road project is in full swing starting in Northfield.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:21:49 GMT
The Vermont Standard is 160 years and still going strong. "You know, sometimes just before deadline I feel like I was here from day one, 160 years," said Phil Camp, the owner and publisher of the VermontMore >>
This year marks a special anniversary for a small weekly newspaper based in Woodstock. The Vermont Standard has been printing the news for 160 years. And despite ups and downs, it hasn't missed a beat.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:13 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:13:15 GMT
New Hampshire celebrates a century of picking presidents. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the law that created the Granite State's famous First-in-the-Nation presidential primary. As a result ofMore >>
New Hampshire celebrates a century of picking presidents.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:32 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:32:34 GMT
Free admission for the military all summer long at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier and the Vermont History Center in Barre. They join more than 1,800 museums across the country to join in theMore >>
Free admission for the military all summer long at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier and the Vermont History Center in Barre.More >>