Champaign County investigating possible flu-related death

  • Parker Perry
  • Staff Writer
10:44 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 Local

Champaign County health officials are investigating a possible flu-related death.

Marcella Portis, 59, died Feb. 1 and according to her obituary, the flu might have been the cause.

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The Champaign County coroner is investigating the death, Champaign County Health Commissioner Gabe Jones said. Her death certificate currently lists her cause of death as pending, he said.

Portis was a nurse at Vancrest of Urbana, her obituary says, where she cared for residents for more than 10 years.

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More than 8,610 flu-related hospitalizations have been reported statewide this flu season through Jan. 27, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Three flu-related deaths of children also have been reported in Ohio.