According to the New York State Health commissioner flu season is now officially prevalent in New York State.
Now that this statement has been officially made it is required by all medical officials in New York, if they have not already been vaccinated, to wear a mask if they are working within a medical unit in which the flu virus has been present.
In 2018, throughout New York, officials have observed 3,283 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza in 43 counties and all 5 boroughs of New York City.
Over the last three seasons, there have been 19 influenza-associated pediatric deaths in New York and an average of 15,101 influenza-related hospitalizations.
For more information on the flu, the New York State Health Connector has provided a current interactive map named the New York State Flu Tracker. You can find that tracker and more information on the flu in New York by following the links provided.