There were 17,233 laboratory-confirmed flu cases in the week ending on Feb. 8, the second-highest weekly total since 1999. In the week ending on Feb. 15, that number was down significantly, with 14,270 cases reported, a 17 percent decline.
In the Metro Region, which includes Long Island and the Hudson Valley, there were 2,464 new cases reported.
To date, there have been 121,088 positive tests reported to the NYSDOH. There have also been three flu-related pediatric deaths. At this time last year, there was 9,514 reported cases.
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