The Cuyahoga County Board of Health confirms two more people died this week from the flu.
The victims include an 86-year-old woman from Broadview Heights and a 66-year-old man from Cleveland. This brings the total number of county deaths during this year's flu season to 11.
Officials, however, still downgraded flu activity to "low" after having been "moderate" for the last three weeks. 45 people were hospitalized with influenza symptoms this week, the lowest number since 2019 began.
899 Cuyahoga County residents have contracted the flu this season. Health officials say that number is below the five-year median.
Despite low county numbers, there's been an unexpected rise of flu cases across the country, according Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Kristin Englund.
She says it's the H-3-N-2 virus that's causing trouble, not the less agressive one, H-1-N-1. She says the strain is similar to the one that killed more than 80,000 people last year.
"Typically we'll see influenza peaking around January/February time frame, doesn't mean we don't see cases in March, but it's unusual to have a spike occurring in March and that's what we're dealing with right now," Dr. Englund said.
She says important to remain vigilant and continue good flu prevention practices. Despite the winter being over, she says it's important to keep your guard up against the flu.
"I’m giving flu vaccines to people today," said It’s important that we keep them protected for the rest of the season, if the season is peaking right now, it can still continue for another month.”