Public health achievers honored

Two individuals and two groups were honored last week with St. Louis County public health achievement awards.

The St. Louis County Board bestowed the awards as part of National Public Health Week, county spokeswoman Dana Kazel said.

Usually, two awards are given, Kazel said, but there was a particularly large group of nominations this year from a wide array of health services.

The recipients:

• Laura Palombi of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Duluth campus, for her work in the area of substance use disorder prevention and treatment.

• Ashley Grimm, who manages youth development programming at the Damiano Center, including the Kids Kitchen and Summer Food Corps nutrition programs for kids.

• The Ely Community Care Team, which provides a wide range of physical and mental health services.

• Dementia Friendly Duluth, which provides resources for people experiencing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, including establishment of the Age Well Memory Cafe and the Victory Chorus.

Scholar to speak to Parkinson's group

Robert Lloyd, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota Duluth, will be the speaker at Monday's meeting of the Parkinson's support group. The group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Primrose Retirement Community, 724 Maple Grove Road.

Flu scoreboard

The number of hospitalizations for influenza dropped again during the week ending March 30, according to preliminary figures reported by the Minnesota Department of Health.

During the week, 164 people were hospitalized with flu across the state, compared with 196 the week before. The geographic spread of influenza still is considered regional, according to the health department. Eleven people were hospitalized in Northeastern Minnesota for the week.

Sixty influenza deaths have been reported this flu season in the state. During the previous five seasons, the lowest number for an entire season was 76 in 2015-16. There still have been no pediatric deaths reported so far this flu season.