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UPDATE: Stats show seven dead in Tri Cities from the flu

Local healthcare providers report seven people have died as a result of the flu, according to data provided to News 5 on Thursday.

The number of deaths in our region associated with the flu continues to climb.

Health officials report a total of seven deaths across the region due to virus.

That includes six deaths, all adults, at Mountain States Health Alliance hospitals and facilities.

Wellmont Health System has reported one death.

Both are still combatting the spread by restricting hospital visitors.

They discourage hospital visits by anyone with flu symptoms, by children and any groups larger than two.

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