Delaware’s Division of Public Heath reported two more flu-related deaths, bringing the state’s total number of deaths this season to three.
The people who died both lived in New Castle County. One was a 58-year-old woman and the other was a 69-year-old man. Both suffered from additional underlying health conditions.
The state’s first flu-related death was an elderly New Castle County man, also with underlying health issues.
Overall, the current flu season has resulted in 1,138 cases in Delaware. DPH said a recent spike in reported cases and the state’s three deaths continue the pattern of a late peak in the traditional flu season.
“DPH is keeping in our thoughts and prayers the families and loved ones who lost someone to flu last week,” Delaware DPH Deputy Director Crystal Webb said. “The flu season is clearly not over, and taking precautions is still important.”
Stilll, DPH said this flu season remains much less deadly than last year’s, when a total of 2,390 flu cases were confirmed in Delaware, resulting in 28 deaths.