Ohio health authorities say a child has died from flu complications as the number of flu-associated hospitalizations climb.
Health Department spokeswoman Tessie Pollock said the department won't release other information about the child.
It's the first confirmed flu-related child death in the state in the current influenza season.
There were no child deaths recorded during last year's flu season, and only one the prior season.
Flu-associated hospitalizations are running at a rate of about 10 times more than the last two seasons.
A 22-year-old woman from Columbus has passed away from the flu, making her the first flu death in the Buckeye State.
Locally, near-record high numbers of cases of the virus have been reported.
WTRF spoke to the Chief Nursing Officer at East Ohio Regional Hospital who said that emergency room physicians have been expressing concerns about the number of patients that are coming in with flu-like symptoms.
WTRF was told the virus is much worse than in previous years.