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The total number of flu-related deaths in Delaware has risen to nine, public health officials announced Friday. 

According to the Division of Public Heath, an 83-year-old woman from New Castle County was the most recent victim, he death attributed to complications from Influenza A. 

The victims so far have ranged in age from 29 to 96. Five have been from New Castle County, one from Kent County, and three from Sussex County. Six had been diagnosed with Influenza A and three, Influenza B. Of the victims, two had received the 2019-2020 flu vaccination. 

There were 5,047 confirmed cases of influenza in Delaware, including 267 hospitalizations, as of February 15, 2020, in the state of Delaware. Officials believe the actual number of cases to be much higher, as they can only track lab-confirmed instances of the illness. As of this same time last season, officials said there were 3,264 cases, 537 hospitalizations, and 13 deaths.