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2 more flu deaths confirmed by Lucas Co. Health Dept.

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Officials at the Toledo Lucas County Health Department confirmed two additional deaths Tuesday.

A 61-year old Toledo woman died on New Year's Eve, and a 70-year-old person from Lucas County died near the end of last week from flu-related symptoms.

That brings the total number of people who have died in Lucas County to four. A Monroe County man also died of influenza over the weekend.

"It's spreading more, and affecting more people," says Toledo Lucas County Health Commissioner, Dr. David Grossman. "Unfortunately we're seeing more people dying from this disease in the relatively early time of the season."

At some local clinics and emergency rooms, doctors have been getting more patients.  Toledo Hospital officials tell 13abc their emergency center has seen roughly 200 people since January 10 with flu-like symptoms.  The Northwest Ohio Urgent Care Clinic in Maumee has had 16 people test positive for the flu in the last week.

"I've seen the fevers, the chills...people come in, white as a ghost," says Hazel Hart, who has been a medical assistant for 30 years.  "This is the first time in January that I've had seen it where it's this great a number."

The Lucas County Health Department located at 635 N. Erie St., will hold two walk-in flu clinics this week: Wednesday from 4 to 6 pm, and Saturday, from 9am to 1pm. The cost of the adult flu vaccine is $30.

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