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As COVID-19 cases fall, flu and RSV cases rise

COVID-19 cases have declined in the Rochester region, but flu and RSV cases are seeing an uptick.

Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza spoke with News Channel 10 about the increase in other illnesses.

Mendoza shared that these illnesses are peaking just in time for the holidays. To protect yourself the best solution is to get vaccinated for the flu, stay home if sick, and wear a mask.


This is the first surge of flu cases in two years. The COVID-19 precautions helped to control the flu in 2020 and 2021. The flu is not the only issue though- RSV is starting to strain the healthcare system as well.

Three people have died due to RSV illnesses in Monroe County so far, all ages 65 or older. In all 247 people have been hospitalized from the illness. The virus is the most dangerous for small children and older people.

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