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First State sees two new flu deaths

Delaware Public Media

State public health officials announced two more flu-related deaths, bringing the total this season to nine. 

The most recent deaths were an 83-year-old and a 59-year old. Both women were from New Castle County and diagnosed with influenza A.


Five of the nine people who have died so far this season were from New Castle County. One was from Kent County, and three were from Sussex. 

They ranged in age from 29 to 96, and two had received the flu vaccine. 

Public health officials still urge residents to get the flu vaccine. They also recommend washing hands often, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and staying at home if you are sick.

As of last week, there were more than 5,000 confirmed cases of influenza in Delaware this season, with over 200 hospitalizations. Public health officials note the actual number of cases is likely much higher.  

The risk of flu-related death is increased for people with underlying health conditions as well as the very young and old.

Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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