The number of flu cases in Kentucky has hit the highest category possible, according to the state health department.
The level of influenza has been declared widespread by the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Locally, school systems are seeing the virus, along with other illnesses, in all schools, causing a minor drop in attendance rates.
Having widespread flu is unusual for this time of year, said Wendy Keown, director of outreach services at Lincoln Trail District Health Department. Flu season typically peaks in February or March, she said.