Minnesota reports 1st child death of flu season

Minnesota health officials are reporting the first child death of the flu season.

Five other people have died from flu-related illnesses across Minnesota, including the first pediatric death, state health officials said in their latest weekly report.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 31 total people have now died from flu-related illnesses. The median age of those who've died from the flu is 76.

The report also noted about 200 more hospitalizations related to the flu last week, which is about the same as the week prior. A total of 1,208 Minnesotans have been hospitalized this season with the flu.

School outbreaks also skyrocketed again last week, according to MDH. The report states 113 new school outbreaks were reported last week, compared to just 32 the week before. That's the second-highest number of school outbreaks in one week so far this season, with 447 total school outbreaks reported to this point.

The flu remains widespread in Minnesota.