ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – According to the New York Department of Health, influenza activity has been widespread for past four weeks.
Widespread flu means there is an increase or a sustained number of lab-confirmed cases of influenza in more than 31 of the 62 counties.
Health officials say there was 2,887 laboratory-confirmed cases, a 66 percent increase over last week. The number of people hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza was 870, an 86 percent increase over last week.
So far, there have been no pediatric deaths reported this season.