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.

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The Tennessee Department of Health has reported two child flu deaths in East Tennessee, one child flu death in Middle Tennessee, and the flu-related death of a pregnant woman in Middle Tennessee.

The department only receives reports of flu-related deaths in children and pregnant women, according to a spokesperson.

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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.