HARRISBURG – Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam and Deputy Secretary of Health Preparedness and Community Protection Ray Barishansky provided an update on the 2020-2021 flu season, which was one of the mildest flu seasons on record and ended on May 22. Flu activity remained low across the commonwealth and nationally the entire season. The 2020-2021 season, with the co-circulation of COVID-19, was comparable to the 2015-2016 season when the H1N1 flu virus predominated. As of May 22, there have been 3,664 laboratory-confirmed flu cases and 21 flu-associated deaths statewide. This is a 95 percent decrease from cumulative count of cases at the end of the 2019-2020 flu season. Influenza A and B were identified by laboratory testing in all 67 counties. The percent of outpatient visits associated with Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) was low and stayed below the state epidemic threshold. A total of 45 influenza associated hospitalizations were reported in Pennsylvania during the current flu season.

ALISON BEAM

RAY BARISHANSKY