San Luis Obispo’s Public Health Department said there have been three influenza related deaths in the past two weeks.
Officials said all three people displayed symptoms related to influenza before they died, as well as testing positive for influenza.
These deaths are considered "influenza-associated" deaths, and influenza was likely a contributing factor to other ongoing medical issues in all three victims. The ages of the victims ranged from 38 to 90.
Other tests are pending and there is no word yet on the exact cause of death.
The Health Department encourages people who feel ill to stay home, get plenty of rest and fluids, and consult with their primary care provider if they are not feeling better after three to seven days.