PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) Paulding County coroner Lindsey Eberhart Fuller has announced that two flu-related deaths have taken place in the county in the "last day or so."
She writes in a Facebook post that "both patients had flu related symptoms with one patient confirmed to have had flu in the days prior to death."
The patients were unidentified but are believed to be a 17 year-old and a 29 year-old.
Fuller says she has "consulted with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner’s Office and the District Health Department as part of proper procedure and protocol."
Read Fuller's statement posted to Facebook below:
"I have received a barrage of messages this afternoon from many concerned citizens. I realize that there are a lot of rumors circulating at this point and that is why I am issuing this statement. There have been two deaths in Paulding County in the last day or so."
"Both patients had flu related symptoms with one patient confirmed to have had flu in the days prior to death. I have consulted with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner’s Office and the District Health Department as part of proper procedure and protocol with any death that falls into these guidelines."
"I have also been in close contact with our local hospital and Sheriff’s department. I want to reiterate that ALL sudden deaths where the decedent has little to no medical history are reported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation."
"And in the event of death from complications from or of an acute illness an autopsy is most likely done. This is flu season and we know that, though rare, the flu can lead to death for some individuals. Unfortunately, this is a reality that has always been the case."
"It is important that if you do show symptoms of being ill that you take the appropriate steps and precautions. I encourage you to cover your mouth when you cough/sneeze, wash your hands, get your flu shot if you haven’t already, and seek medical attention if you suspect you have the flu. If you have a confirmed case of the flu, I encourage you to stay home. I encourage you not to go to work, school, church, restaurants, or other public places where you can spread the infection even if you are “feeling better” or “feel okay right now”.
"As always me and my team are committed to the families we serve as well as we are dedicated to assisting and providing support to our local medical staff, law enforcement, and first responders. Again, at this time there is no confirmed cases of anything other than flu in our county. It is unfortunate that so many unsubstantiated rumors have circulated saying otherwise. The steps that were taken to report these deaths to the proper agencies are not out of the norm."
WellStar Paulding Hospital also released a statement regarding flu in the county.
WellStar Paulding Hospital, along with most of the country, is experiencing a higher volume of patients with influenza-like illness. Out of respect for our patients and their families, we cannot share specific details about individual cases. However, we can share that many of the details provided by other sources are inaccurate. Please be assured that the health and safety of our patients is our greatest priority. Our staff is trained to properly evaluate and care for patients presenting influenza-like symptoms, and we are working closely with Paulding officials, leaders and first responders to care for this community and keep you informed.