12th flu death reported at UT Medical Center as flu season winds down

The University of Tennessee Medical Center said one more person has died as a result of the flu.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Another death attributed to what's been a highly active flu season has been reported locally as positive cases of the flu continue to decline.

The University of Tennessee Medical Center said one more person died as a result of the flu in their March 2 report, making them the twelfth victim of the flu at the hospital this flu season.

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This was the second death reported at the hospital since Feb. 9. The rest came at the height of the flu season between December and January.

UT Medical Center said flu deaths more than doubled from 2017 and are at their second-highest in recent tracking compared to 2014 when 13 people died from the flu at UTMC.

These deaths are separate and not included in the state reported statistics of 11 flu deaths -- which included 10 children and one pregnant woman-- as the state only reports pediatric-related flu deaths.

Reported cases of Flu A have drastically dropped off since January, with 65 total cases reported at the hospital in February compared to 200 in January.

Flu B, however, saw an slight uptick in February from 10 reported cases to 22. UTMC said 63 of the 93 counties in Tennessee reported at least one person with laboratory confirmed influenza.