Governor Cuomo Announces Drastic Rise in Influenza Across New York State
In a press release Thursday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called on all New Yorkers six months of age and over who have not yet received a flu shot to get vaccinated as soon as possible. According to the Department of Health, cases of influenza rose by 54 percent and new cases were diagnosed in all counties of the state over the past week. In addition, 1,606 New Yorkers have been hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza, the highest weekly number since Department of Health reporting began in 2004.
"Hospitals throughout New York are on the front lines in the response to this uptick in influenza cases," said Bea Grause, President of the Healthcare Association of New York State. "HANYS is working closely with the State Department of Health to ensure that hospitals and health systems continue to have the capacity and resources needed to meet the challenges presented by this increase in illness."