Health officials in the Tri-Cities say an elderly person has died of the flu, bringing the total number of reported flu-related deaths in the state to five so far this season.
Mountain States Health Alliance said they have had one flu-related death this season of an elderly person.
Elderly people are at a higher risk of getting the flu, along with children.
The department only receives reports of flu-related deaths in children and pregnant women, according to a spokesperson.
Hospitals in Knoxville and the Tri-Cities have been restricting visitors to prevent the spread of flu to patients and staff and the virus becomes widespread across the country.
UT Medical Center said they are seeing a rising number of flu cases, and are testing at least 40 people a day for the flu. The hospital said they had 53 people test positive for the flu in 9 days.