The total of flu-related deaths in Lucas County now stands at four, with at least one of those death being tied to H1N1.
The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department said Friday that two Toledo-area people died within the last two weeks at a Toledo hospital.
On Tuesday, Lucas County health commissioner Dr. David Grossman confirmed that two additional people have died as a result of flu-related symptoms. The most recent victims include a 61-year-old Toledo woman who died Dec. 31 and a 70-year-old Lucas County resident who died late last week. Both passed away due to influenza after being treated at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.
The county has seen dozens of cases of flu treated at area hospitals since late 2012, with an increase in cases over the past few weeks. The recent deaths are the first flu-related deaths in the area in at least two years, according to health officials.
Health officials have also said that strains of the flu are leading to severe complications for all age groups in Ohio and Lucas County, not just the traditional high-risk groups.
A limited number of flu vaccinations are available at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department for individuals who have yet to receive one this season. All age groups are encouraged to receive a vaccination.