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AHS: Influenza cases on the rise across Alberta

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Alberta Health Services posting its first weekly data update Friday (Nov. 8) on the province’s influenza season.

Since the beginning of October, there have been about 140 lab-confirmed cases of the flu, almost all of those being Influenza “A”.

Of those total cases, only 11 cases are here in the South Zone.

Dr. Jia Hu, AHS Medical Officer of Health, says it’s important to remember the influenza disease data they capture in these weekly updates is considered a mere fraction of the influenza activity that is actually impacting people.

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“Not all cases of influenza are lab-confirmed and not all cases require hospitalization. However, by consistently sharing the influenza disease information that we do capture, we are still ensuring Albertans understand the stark reality of influenza,” says Hu

The Calgary Zone is seeing the biggest increase in flu cases right now.

Dr. Hu says it’s important to emphasize that influenza is here, it is serious and already sending people to the hospital.  She encourages everyone to get a flu shot as your best protection. For public clinics, sates, and time visit the AHS web site.

To date, just over 713,000 doses of flu vaccine have been given out across the province.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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