The Arkansas Department of Health reported the first flu-related death for the season on Tuesday.
According to the report the victim was older than 65.
The report also states that 118 people have tested positive for the flu in Arkansas since September.
State health officials are urging residents to get vaccinated for the flu as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, the state’s medical director of immunizations, said keeping hospitalizations down during the pandemic will be especially important this season.
Last year the state reported 118 flu-related deaths out of more than 36,000 positive flu tests, what are listed as just a portion of actual flu cases.