Gov. Hochul urges New Yorkers to take precautions amid new COVID-19 variant, high flu cases

The New York Department of Health announced that the XBB 1.5 variant is the most dominant strain in the state, accounting for more than 50% of COVID-19 infections statewide.

News 12 Staff

Jan 14, 2023, 3:33 AM

Updated 520 days ago

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Gov. Kathy Hochul is urging New Yorkers to take all the necessary precautions amid the new highly transmissible COVID-19 variant and high flu cases.
The New York Department of Health announced that the XBB 1.5 variant is the most dominant strain in the state, accounting for more than 50% of COVID-19 infections statewide.
The new variant emerged as both COVID-19 and the flu remain high as health officials say XBB 1.5 is the most transmissible than any other variant.
According to state data, the seven-day average is at 6.75%.
While New Yorkers aim to safeguard from COVID-19, the flu also causing quite the stir.
The state's Health Department weekly surveillance report shows the flu remains an issue with a total of nearly 300,000 positive cases across all 62 counties, although the report did find cases dropped 36%.
While it is flu season, Hochul is also encouraging New Yorkers to get their flu vaccines for an added layer of protection.


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