The flu is on the decline for the health service region that includes Graham. 

Texas is divided into eight health service regions. Of those eight regions, three have reported a decline in flu activity, including Graham’s, according to information provided by Graham Regional Medical Center.

The information states, “Flu rates [in Graham] were no different than other areas across Texas or southern states. Type A (influenza) was predominant throughout most of the flu season in Graham. This was no different from (across the) state or Southern states.” 

Flu season begins in October and runs until about March, and the season continues if any cases of flu are seen anywhere in a health service region, said GRMC infection preventionist Diann Grissom, adding that GRMC was at capacity at times this season but never overwhelmed with flu cases. 

“The ER does get hit hard with flu cases during the season, but did an excellent job managing,” she said. 

GRMC has 25 total beds, 18 of which are in the medical unit, but all can be utilized for patient care at any time. 

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.