North Carolina flu death toll at 185, including two last week

Published 10:53 am Friday, May 8, 2020

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Two more people in North Carolina died from flu-related symptoms last week, raising the death toll to 185 with one week left in the reporting season, health officials said Thursday.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said in its weekly statistics that both flu victims were ages 65 and older. Of the 185 deaths this season, 105 were 65 or older, according to the agency. Last season, 208 people died of flu-related symptoms in North Carolina.

By comparison, health officials have reported 507 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic since early March.

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DHHS extended this flu season’s reporting period to the week that ends May 16. Typically, the flu season runs between Oct. 1 through March 31.