While a lot of attention is being focused on the Corona Virus that’s been sickening thousands and killing hundreds around the world, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to remind residents of a virus that claims lives every year and is far more prevalent in the state and country right now: influenza.

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The Governor’s office says New York has seen its highest weekly flu cases in the last 20 years posted over the past several days.

Cuomo says the flu season has not even peaked across New York yet.  The Democrat is again encouraging residents older than six months of age to get their flu shot, saying “it’s not too late.”

The latest report ending February 8 showed seasonal flu activity continued to be widespread across New York State for the 11th consecutive week.  There were 17-thousand, 233 confirmed cases reported to the Health Department, the second-highest weekly total since the 1998-1999 flu season.