HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – State health officials confirmed the first deaths related to the flu and RSV.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health said one flu death was in an adult between the age of 80 and 90 from Middlesex County. The RSV deathes occurred in an adult around the same age in New Haven County and another person who was in their 60s.
DPH officials planned a news conference to talk about the respiratory illnesses at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.
No other details about the patients will be released, according to the DPH.
The department also said that during October, 67 COVID-19 associated deaths were reported in Connecticut residents. Historically in Connecticut, most deaths from COVID-19 have been among people aged 55 and older.
“This is a tragic reminder that the 2023-24 respiratory viral disease season is already an active one,” said Manisha Juthani, MD., commissioner, DPH. “As we approach the holidays, I strongly encourage all Connecticut residents to make sure they are up to date on their seasonal vaccines, particularly older individuals and those with multiple medical conditions,”
More information about respiratory viral disease surveillance in Connecticut can be found on the DPH’s website here.
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