‘Widespread’ flu activity is now being reported in New York: Here are the hardest-hit counties – Archyde

While all eyes are on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis with the Omicron variant raging, flu season has been quickly and quietly creeping up on New Yorkers, where the flu is still classified as “widespread.”

In the latest update from the Department of Health, New York recorded 5,075 cases of influenza out of nearly 100,000 tests performed, marking the “seventh consecutive week of widespread activity being reported after a week of regional activity.”

The latest data represents an 18 percent decrease from the previous update from the New York State Department of Health.

Health officials said 58 counties reported cases of influenza, a dozen more than since the last update.

The only New York boroughs with fewer than 10 cases of influenza per 100,000 people in the past week are:

  • Broome;
  • Ulster;
  • Green;
  • Rensselaer;
  • Fulton;
  • Franklin;
  • Tompkins;
  • Erie;
  • Orleans;
  • Niagara;
  • Wyoming;
  • Yates;
  • Schuyler;
  • Tioga;
  • Cortland;
  • Schenectady;
  • Saratoga;
  • Hamilton;
  • Columbia.

Statewide, 291 patients are now being treated for laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza, a 7 percent decrease from the previous Health Department update.

No child flu-related deaths have been reported during the current flu season.

A breakdown of confirmed flu cases by age group during the 2021-22 season:

  • 0-4: 4.895;
  • 5-17: 11.175;
  • 18-49: 12.405;
  • 50-64: 1.670;
  • 65+: 1.515.

The Department of Health estimates that the flu causes between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses and multiple deaths in the United States each year. Of these diseases, an estimated 9 percent were hospitalized.

According to the CDC, the flu infects the respiratory tract. “As the infection progresses, the body’s immune system responds to fight the virus.

“This leads to inflammation, which can trigger breathing difficulties such as a cough and sore throat. The immune system response can also trigger a fever and cause muscle or body aches.

“When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, they can transmit influenza viruses to people nearby via respiratory droplets.

“People can also get the flu if they touch a contaminated surface or object that has influenza viruses on it and then touch their own mouth or nose.”

For the full latest update on New York State influenza from the Department of Health and Human Services, click here here.

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