LUCAS COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - The Centers for Disease Control say flu cases in the U.S. have peaked but Lucas County continues to see high numbers of flu hospitalizations.
Lucas County Health Dept. Spokesperson Shannon Lands says that 373 people have been hospitalized in Lucas County since flu season began.
Lands said Thursday that nine Lucas County residents have died as a result of the flu this flu season. That's up from seven last week.
However, Lands explained that this number does not mean two people died this week. Rather, tests have come back that show flu was the root cause of the death, along with other illnesses.
The last time we saw a spike in cases was 2014-15 with 291 people sent to the hospital by this date.
Two Lucas County residents died that year.