The 2019-20 flu season in North Carolina finished with 186 deaths, the N.C. Division of Public Health said Friday.

There were no deaths reported in the last two weeks of the season.

The state Department of Health and Human Services extended this flu season’s reporting period to the week that ends May 16. The typical flu season is measured as Oct. 1 through March 31.

DHHS cautions the weekly count does not represent all flu-associated deaths in the state because many could go undiagnosed or unreported.

The health division doesn’t release a victim’s hometown, county, age or gender for privacy reasons.

Of the 186 who have died, 105 were 65 or older, 53 were ages 50 to 64, 21 were ages 25 to 49, three were ages 5 to 17 and two each were ages 18 to 24 and birth to age 4.

At the end of past seasons, the number of flu-related deaths in North Carolina was 208 in 2018-19, 391 in 2017-18, 218 in 2016-17, 60 in 2015-16, 219 in 2014-15 and 107 in 2013-14.

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