St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - State health officials have finally downgraded the state’s overall rating for flu activity.

After 10 weeks at “widespread,” the Minnesota Department of Health today announced the rating has dropped to “regional.” It’s an indication the influenza season in Minnesota has likely peaked, although it is still causing quite a bit of illness throughout the state.

Flu-related hospitalizations have been on the decline for almost two months, but the health department still received almost 190 reports of people hospitalized because of flu-related complications last week. Fifteen schools reported probable flu outbreaks last week, which was down more than 60 percent from the previous week.

The health department also reported drops in the number of people seeking treatment for flu-like symptoms and the number of positive results on lab tests for influenza.

The only indicator that rose last week was the number of long-term care facilities reporting confirmed flu outbreaks, which rose from seven to 10.

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