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Flu Cases and Hospitalizations Increasing in New York

As the number of laboratory-confirmed flu cases and flu-related hospitalizations continue their steady increase statewide, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed the New York State Department of Health to take additional steps to ensure healthcare facilities are prepared for the remainder of the flu season.

The governor directed the department to begin enhanced monitoring of hospitals through the Health Emergency Response Data System to ensure hospitals have the capacity, guidance and resources necessary to combat the recent surge in hospitalizations.

Last week, the State Department of Health issued a statewide health advisory alerting healthcare providers to the dramatic increase in flu activity across New York state.

By Michael Baldwin