The flu continues to infect people in Maryland as state health officials described the intensity of the virus as high and widespread for the week ending January 19.

But a report by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said the flu activity appears to be hitting a plateau and beginning to trend downward.

A total of 198 people were hospitalized for the week with flu-like symptoms and problems. About 59 percent, or 116 patients were older than age 65. No deaths were reported. One child has died from the flu so far this season.

More than 21,160 people have visited emergency rooms and doctors offices with flu-like symptoms, which is on path to be one of the worst in a decade.