No additional flu-related deaths in Minnesota last week, MDH says

No new deaths from flu-related illnesses in Minnesota were reported in the last week, according to the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) latest flu activity report. The total number of flu-related deaths in the state still stands at 148, including three pediatric deaths.

The spread of influenza in the state remained at "sporadic" last week, according to health officials.

Flu activity across the rest of the country continues to be downgraded, with only a few states still reporting influenza as widespread and many reporting only sporadic activity.

The number of flu-related hospitalizations has also almost completely halted, with just one reported in the past week and only three the week prior. At least 4,106 people have been hospitalized in the state due to flu-related illnesses this flu season, which is up from 2,543 last year but lower than the 2017-2018 flu season (6,446).