Flu season is in full swing throughout the country and Ohio is one of a handful of hardest-hit states.

Data for the week ending February 10 lists eight states and New York City as having a "very high" level of flu activity - Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, D.C., Wyoming.

The Ohio Department of Health is tracking seasonal flu activity and has posted reports on its website.

For the week ending February 10, there were a total of 558 hospitalizations and emergency department visits are up 15.57% compared to the week before.

Outpatient visits for the flu are 6.71%, which is a 30.80% jump from the prior week.

During Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) six, Columbiana and Trumbull counties each had five hospitalizations while Mahoning had four.