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Mild flu season winding down in Minnesota

Mon 4-5-2021

(St. Paul, MN) -- The flu season that never really started is almost over in Minnesota.

There were no flu-related hospitalizations the final week in March and a total of just 37 since fall. Last year more than four-thousand people were hospitalized with influenza. Zero flu outbreaks in school and nursing homes in the latest update - and no new deaths. The flu is blamed for five deaths this season - compared to 73 in 2019-2020.

State health officials believe wearing masks, social distancing and hand washing have helped prevent the spread of both COVID-19 and influenza.