Del. health officials report season’s first 2 flu deaths

A 65-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman have been identified as the first two flu deaths in Delaware for the 2019-2020 season, health officials said.

The Division of Public Health said on its webpage on Tuesday that both victims lived in Sussex County and had underlying health conditions. The woman was infected with influenza A, while the man had the influenza B strain., according to health officials.


As of Dec. 28, there have been 1,083 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu and 65 hospitalizations in Delaware. The actual number of flu cases in Delaware is higher, officials noted.

Last flu season, there were 24 flu-related deaths and 6,387 cases were confirmed by state health officials. The 2017-18 flu season was one of the worst in state history, with 35 flu-related deaths and more than 9,000 confirmed cases.


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