Jan 11, 2020 1:55 AM

Health officials in Omaha confirm 2 pediatric flu deaths

Posted Jan 11, 2020 1:55 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Health officials in Omaha confirmed Friday that two children have died of complications from influenza this flu season.

The Douglas County HEalth Department said in a news release that both deaths were in people under 18. The department says it's prohibited by privacy laws from identifying the two children who died and would not give their exact ages or where they lived in Douglas County. The pediatric deaths follow the department's report earlier this week that two adult flu-related adult deaths in people over 65 years have been reported in Douglas County.

Health officials say the very young, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of complications from the respiratory illness.

The most recent report from the department on Monday says Douglas County has had 3,758 lab-confirmed flu cases this flu season.

The flu season runs through April, so the department urged those who've not gotten a flu vaccine to get one.

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Jan 11, 2020 1:55 AM
Lincoln man gets more than 2 years for stalking

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Brandon L. Swenson, 34, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 30 months in prison by United States Senior District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for stalking.  In addition to serving his time in federal prison, Swenson will be required to serve 3 years of supervised release.

Between approximately 2012 through June 2019, Swenson assumed a fictitious on-line persona and developed a relationship with his victim.  Swenson sent text messages and videos to the victim and received messages and videos back from the victim.  In the course of the online relationship, Swenson and the victim used electronic communication systems and various Internet-based texting services, which are facilities of interstate and foreign commerce, to transmit messages.  Ultimately, Swenson sent threatening text messages to the victim with the intent to harass and intimidate her.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.