The first two flu deaths of the 2020-21 season have been reported by the state Department of Public Health. The latest report, through Dec. 26, includes information on the fatalities as well as one hospitalization. For the season, 17 people have been hospitalized.
One victim was in the 50-to-64 age group and the second was listed as 65 and over. Their communities were not identified.
A year ago, there had been 15 flu deaths at this time as well as 505 hospitalizations and 37 flu outbreaks.
Healthcare officials continue to urge area residents six months and old to get flu shots, especially as the peak of the season is still a few weeks away. It takes two weeks for the vaccination to be fully activated.