AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — In the midst of an increase in respiratory-related illnesses within the Texas Panhandle region, the city of Amarillo’s public health department released information regarding the number of flu cases that have been reported throughout Potter and Randall counties.

According to a Facebook post from the city’s public health department, this flu report is created from data voluntarily provided to the department by providers in Potter and Randall counties.

In the report card, officials from the public health department spread out the flu data on a weekly basis, from the week ending with Nov. 28, 2022, through Jan. 3. In that time period, officials reported 8,624 flu-related cases in Potter and Randall counties.

Week Ending Nov. 28, 2022

  • Flu A – 487
  • Flu B – 31
  • Influenza-like Illness (defined as a patient with a fever more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, cough and/or sore throat who is either not tested for flu or is negative on the result) – 458
  • Undifferentiated (testing did not differentiate between Flu A or B) – 0
  • Total – 977

Week Ending Dec. 5, 2022

  • Flu A – 966
  • Flu B – 40
  • Influenza-like Illness – 1,123
  • Undifferentiated –0
  • Total – 2,129

Week Ending Dec. 12, 2022

  • Flu A –1,166
  • Flu B – 29
  • Influenza-like Illness – 916
  • Undifferentiated – 277
  • Total – 2,388

Week Ending Dec. 19, 2022

  • Flu A –831
  • Flu B – 6
  • Influenza-like Illness – 822
  • Undifferentiated – 76
  • Total – 1,735

Week Ending Dec. 26, 2022

  • Flu A – 237
  • Flu B – 12
  • Influenza-like Illness – 479
  • Undifferentiated – 0
  • Total – 728

Week Ending Jan. 3

  • Flu A – 260
  • Flu B – 18
  • Influenza-like Illness – 387
  • Undifferentiated – 2
  • Total – 667

Officials from the public health department encouraged Potter and Randall county residents to be up-to-date on their flu vaccine, which is recommended yearly for everyone six months and older. They also recommended individuals stay home if they are sick, wash their hands often, clean and disinfect objects and surfaces, and not touch their face with unwashed hands.

For more information, visit the city’s public health department’s website.