NEW YORK — On Wednesday, Governor Cathy Hochul updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress in the fight against COVID-19 as concern about flu and RSV grew.
Hochul also updated New Yorkers on winter efforts, urging people to take proven preventive measures to protect against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), flu and COVID-19, and reduce patient loads at local hospitals did.
“New Yorkers cannot be satisfied with our fight against the triple threat of COVID-19, RSV and influenza, we must harness the resources we need to stay healthy and happy through this winter season,” Governor Hochul said. “We should all celebrate the holidays by taking preventive measures, getting tested and vaccinated, and calling a doctor if we feel sick. Let’s make sure we are mindful of these illnesses and continue to protect each other, especially our most vulnerable.” “
This week, the New York State Department of Health released a new report showing a 76% week-over-week increase in laboratory-confirmed flu cases and 67% week-over-week hospitalizations across New York. showed an increase of
Influenza cases have now been detected in all 62 counties across the state, highlighting the need for New Yorkers to take steps and precautions that reduce the risk of serious illness for children and adults alike.
“Our message is simple but urgent: Get vaccinated today,” said New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “We have highly effective, safe vaccines for both flu and COVID-19. The vaccine for COVID-19 is a new bivalent vaccine, adapted for the first time to the circulating variant we have. If you have not received the bivalent vaccine, this is the vaccine you should get. I urge all New Yorkers who have not yet been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities.”
Governor Hochul previously launched a public awareness campaign in which New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett spoke directly to New Yorkers about three viruses: RSV, influenza, and COVID-19, which are now causing similar symptoms. Roaming around the state with. And there is a possibility of serious illness.
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