Influenza continues to claim lives in Minnesota, even as the flu season wanes. The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed another 17 flu-related deaths over the course of the last week. That brings the total number of flu-related deaths in Minnesota to 165 since the start of this flu season. The state’s flu outbreak peaked in January, and since then flu activity has declined sharply. Health officials say last week 31 people were hospitalized with confirmed flu. That compares with hundreds of people per week during the height of the flu outbreak. Only two long-term care facilities in Minnesota and four Minnesota schools had confirmed flu outbreaks last week, none of them in the local area.