Health officials say that 4 more people died of flu-related illness last week in Minnesota. That brings the flu season’s death toll to 180 in our state. Last year’s flu season claimed 33 lives. Since October, nearly 3,000 people have been hospitalized in Minnesota in one of the toughest flu seasons in many years. Last year, the flu caused about 550 hospitalizations. Only one nursing home reported a flu outbreak last week, bringing the total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities to 149 since the start of the season. Four schools reported flu outbreaks last week as well. So far about 490 schools have reported outbreaks during this season.