ALBANY — The flu epidemic in New York has gotten even worse over the previous week, Gov. Cuomo mentioned Thursday.
Over the previous week, 11,683 confirmed influenza instances had been reported to the state Division of Well being, with 2,221 New Yorkers hospitalized with the sickness.
Cuomo mentioned each classes signify the best weekly numbers since reporting started in 2004. The earlier week had seen 7,779 confirmed flu instances and 1,759 hospitalizations.
Cuomo once more urged New Yorkers to get vaccinated, at the same time as some findings have proven it to be solely 30% efficient this 12 months.
“Flu season is in full-swing, and because the variety of influenza instances and hospitalizations proceed to rise at alarming ranges, we should take each motion to guard ourselves and our family members,” he mentioned.
Cuomo final week issued an govt order permitting pharmacists to offer flu photographs to youngsters between the ages 2 and 18.
The state additionally urges individuals to regularly wash their fingers, carry hand sanitizer with them when cleaning soap and water will not be obtainable, and keep away from sneezing or coughing into their fingers.