Placer County health officials confirmed Friday that flu is believed to be a contributing factor in the death of a man who died earlier this week.
Placer County health officials did not release the name of the man, who lived in the county, but say he was under age 65 and suffered from at least one chronic health condition.
Officials say this is the first death related to the flu this season that has been reported to the Placer County Public Health Division.
Both the flu-related death and the ICU admissions were of individuals under age 65. Influenza-related deaths and ICU admissions in persons 65 years of age and older are not reportable to the local health department in California.
Health officials say Placer County has seen a surge in flu cases recently.