AUGUSTA — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says five people died from the flu last week, bringing the season total to nearly 30 in the state.

The weekly surveillance report issued on Tuesday indicates influenza remains a problem heading into spring in Maine. The report classifies influenza as “widespread.”

All told, there were 775 positive tests for the flu and 88 new hospitalizations last week. The five deaths brought the total to 29.

Last year, Maine experienced one of the deadliest flu seasons in five years, with more than 9,000 confirmed cases and 82 deaths.

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