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New flu cases declining in latest Monroe County numbers

Apr 11, 2019

Credit MONROE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER CENTER FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH & PREVENTION

The Monroe County Health Department has released the latest weekly figures on the flu, and while the total number of confirmed cases for the season has risen, there is an encouraging trend.

Health officials say that the number of new cases is trending down. There were 469 new cases in the week ending March 30, compared to 544 new cases in the previous week.

The number of overall flu cases confirmed in Monroe County so far this season is just over 5,000, which is about 1,600 less than this time last year.

There were 802 hospitalizations related to the flu in the latest figures, compared to 1,160 at this point in the season in 2018.

There were no new deaths related to flu in the weekly statistics. That stands at 16, which is the same number recorded at this time last year.

Even though we are getting to the end of the flu season, the health department  is still recommending that people get a flu shot if they have not already done so this season.