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Government officials push for funding to help local health centers

Government officials are pushing for funding of local health centers as a way to combat the nationwide flu epidemic.

Posted: Jan 30, 2018 12:03 AM

UTICA – Government officials are pushing for funding of local health centers as a way to combat the nationwide flu epidemic.

Sen. Charles Schumer visited Upstate New York Monday in his efforts to help local health care officials.


He says more than five thousand New Yorkers have been hospitalized with the flu this season.

The number of new cases went up by 54 percent within a week. Statistics show that 37 children across the country have died from this season's flu epidemic.


Sen. Schumer is pushing for more funding of health centers. With the rise of flu cases, Schumer says that health centers must be protected and strengthened.

"I love community health centers, we all do. And the pledge I make to everyone here, have a little bit of clout in Washington,” Schumer said. “I'm going to use every ounce of that clout to see that our community health centers are funded as the next budget comes to us."

Schumer is also pushing for federal health officials to send a surveillance team to New York to study the rapid spread of the illness.


He says a surveillance team could help local and state health officials by identifying the exact flu strains involved and analyzing the impact on the state's overall population.

Schumer says a surveillance team could help the state by aiding in the ongoing public health efforts in the state.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1973308

Reported Deaths: 51350
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings2611819909
Queens2604189526
Suffolk1913793303
Nassau1753923102
Bronx1731096365
New York1303844306
Westchester1245352236
Erie805561689
Richmond698671740
Monroe599441033
Orange45583782
Rockland45345941
Onondaga35576660
Dutchess27616433
Albany23409343
Oneida21291497
Niagara17888332
Broome17175348
Saratoga14222160
Ulster12835241
Schenectady12289192
Rensselaer10526136
Putnam1007991
Chautauqua8256132
Chemung7068133
Oswego690990
Ontario676591
Steuben6212141
St. Lawrence613794
Sullivan603268
Cayuga581090
Jefferson540863
Wayne515467
Cattaraugus506880
Genesee5014121
Herkimer4883107
Clinton447232
Madison425785
Tompkins401949
Fulton399786
Livingston394358
Montgomery3842114
Columbia380399
Cortland351560
Warren333756
Tioga333358
Wyoming321751
Allegany314183
Otsego313646
Greene308174
Chenango303173
Washington281355
Orleans271683
Lewis242333
Franklin237512
Delaware211936
Seneca185356
Schoharie152015
Essex148926
Yates109826
Schuyler97913
Hamilton3002
Unassigned184111
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