Flu cases rising in North Country, especially among children

Health officials say easing of COVID-19 mitigation measures allows flu to spread more easily

Some North Country towns are dealing with a flu outbreak, and health officials said most of the cases are being seen in children.

COVID-19 mitigation strategies essentially halted the spread of the flu virus over the past two years. Experts said that now that those strategies are easing,

the door is open for the flu and other viruses. "Just last week, we had 31 cases of flu identified by tests in our clinics, so just to put that in perspective, we would

normally see about half of that in an entire year," said Valerie Hart, chief operating officer of Coos County Family Health Services.

Hart said the number of COVID-19 cases in the area is low, but easing COVID-19 mitigation strategies, such as masking, has opened the door for all viruses, especially in children.

"People are feeling a lot more relaxed, so the birthday party that they may not have even considered sending their child to, they will readily do that now," Hart said.

"People are feeling a lot more relaxed, so the birthday party that they may not have even considered sending their child to, they will readily do that now," Hart said.

"People are feeling a lot more relaxed, so the birthday party that they may not have even considered sending their child to, they will readily do that now," Hart said.