"Unfortunately, our latest tracking data indicate that the flu activity is still high and widespread across most of the nation and increasing overall", she said.
Hoyen said the flu shot is still your best bet.
"We haven't seen any letting up", Barbera said.
There were 28 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza A and 37 cases of influenza B were reported to the health unit.
"When people get to the extremes of ages, around 80 years old, often times they don't respond really well to the flu shot and they still get it". Most hadn't gotten a flu shot. The flu season officially ends in May in Pennsylvania.
Flu numbers continued to rise in Pennsylvania, easily surpassing what health officials last week said was the worst flu week in recent years.
They recommend staying home from work, school and other public places if you are ill - at least 48 hours after you've been fever-free without the aid of medication.
Per the CDC, "The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated, but good health habits can help stop the spread of germs".
Before Monday, Arkansas' deadliest season since 2000 was during the 2014-15 season with 110 flu-related deaths. Both had other health complications.
The total reported through February 3 is almost 4,000 more cases in the state than were reported for all 2016, Gongwer said.
The overwhelming majority of people going to the hospital for the flu are in the Twin Cities metro region, but southeast Minnesota has the third highest total of hospitalizations with a total of 224.
Of the 12 people who died in the Tri-Cities since mid-December, 11 were from Benton or Franklin counties and one was from Yakima County. Hand washing is an effective way to prevent many illnesses, including influenza.