The Minnesota Department of Health’s latest flu report shows that an additional 33 flu-related deaths occurred over the past week, bringing the statewide total now to 60 – more than double the previous statewide total of 27. State officials say that 88% of the total flu deaths were in patients 65 or older. There were no deaths in patients under the age of 24. Nearly 500 people were hospitalized with the flu over the course of the week as well, bringing the total number of hospitalizations for the whole season to over 1,800. More than 90 schools reported flu outbreaks throughout the week, with outbreaks at schools in every county in the KNUJ Listening Area except for Watonwan and Waseca. A total of 46 long-term care facilities in the state reported outbreaks as well, including in Renville, McLeod, Blue Earth and Cottonwood Counties. Many area hospitals and nursing homes continue to limit access to visitors as a way to help prevent the spread of the flu. State officials believe that this could be at the peak of this season’s outbreak.