The number of flu cases in Muskoka has plateaued. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reports it had 77 new cases from January 28th to February 3rd, which is the same increase as the week before. Three institutional outbreaks were declared last week, which brings the total to 33 for the season thus far.

As of February 6th, the health unit had 466 lab-confirmed cases of the flu in its catchment area.

It declared widespread influenza on January 11th, and said at that time the area was at, or close to, the peak of flu season which could last from two to four weeks. The declaration is based on emergency room visits, lab-confirmed flu cases, institutional outbreaks and doctor reports of fever and flu-like illness. It means the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Public Health Ontario are both keeping an eye on the situation as well.

The health unit says to wash your hands frequently and stay home if you’re sick. If you have a medical condition and develop flu symptoms, see a doctor or call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000, which has a registered nurse available 24/7.