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New Yorkers asked to take steps to remain safe against respiratory illnesses ahead of holidays

Governor Kathy Hochul is urging residents to remain safe ahead of holiday gatherings when it comes to respiratory illnesses.

She is asking that residents partake in measures that have been proven to prevent severe illness. This warning comes as RSV and flu cases increase at a rapid rate. While COVID-19 cases have been declining, there is still a chance of contracting the illness.

“As many New Yorkers look forward to gathering with friends and family during the Thanksgiving holiday, we should also embrace the commonsense measures we know to be effective at reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses,” Hochul said.

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“Be sure to stay up to date on vaccines – including flu shots and COVID-19 boosters. And if you do fall ill or develop symptoms, stay home and first seek treatment from your primary care provider,” she added.

The move comes as RSV and flu cases rise and present a major risk to small children and older people. In Monroe County three people over the age of 65 have died due to RSV.


The following preventions can be used to help stop the spread of illnesses

  • Staying up to date on vaccines, including Flu and COVID-19.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and hot water for least 20 seconds.
  • Not coughing or sneezing into your hands.
  • Regularly washing hands and using good hygiene.
  • Staying home when sick or symptomatic.
  • Wearing a well-fitting, high-quality mask when in public indoor spaces.

You can check the status of active flu cases throughout the state using the NYS Flu Tracker.

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