The governor of New York recommends the tools to protect yourself, vaccines, reinforcements, tests and treatment
After explaining the result of 124 deaths across the state between December 31 and January 3, Governor Kathy Hochul updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress in the fight against COVID-19 and outlined the basic steps they can take to protect themselves against the spread of viral respiratory infections that become more common in the winter season.
“As we continue to welcome in the new year, I urge everyone to remain vigilant and continue to use all available tools to keep themselves, their loved ones, and their communities safe and healthy,” said Governor Hochul. “Keep up with vaccine doses and get tested before meetings or travel. If you get a positive result, talk to your doctor about possible treatment options.”
Hochul urges New Yorkers to take common preventive measures, such as staying up-to-date with vaccinations and practicing proper hygiene, to protect themselves from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza and COVID-19 and reduce the patient burden on hospitals. local hospitals. The Governor recently updated New Yorkers on the state’s winter health preparedness efforts.
The New York State Department of Health recently announced new guidance for COVID-19 bivalent boosters, which are now available for eligible children up to 6 months of age. The updated boosters are the first to target the parent virus strain and newly circulating variants and are recommended for young New Yorkers and all those eligible.
The Health Department’s weekly influenza surveillance report, with data through December 24, showed that influenza remained widespread statewide for the 12th consecutive week, with a total of 255,981 positive cases in the 62 counties reported through the date. The report found that confirmed cases statewide were down 23 percent, while overall hospitalizations were down 14 percent from the previous week ending Dec. 24 with 2,501 hospitalizations statewide. condition.
In addition, there were 43 outbreaks in intensive care and long-term care facilities, the report found. There were also no additional pediatric deaths, bringing the total to five statewide.
- THE RECOMMENDATIONS
- With flu season continuing and infections widespread, the Governor encourages all New Yorkers to get an annual flu shot.
- The flu virus and the virus that causes COVID-19 are circulating, so getting vaccinated against both is the best way to stay healthy and avoid additional stress on the health care system.
- To make an appointment for a booster, New Yorkers should contact their local pharmacy, county health department or health care provider; visit gov; text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.
Posted on January 05, 2023