State health leaders urge precautions for flu, COVID and RSV

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Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett say they’re working around the clock to make sure there is enough hospital space for children.

The combination of RSV, flu, and coronavirus is already stressing the medical system.

Bassett says there are simple things we should all remember to stay healthy.

“I want to remind people how important handwashing is, how important it is to cover your cough or your sneeze,” said Bassett. “We need people to be sure to stay home when you’re sick. There is a reason that people have sick leave, and you should stay home.”

Hochul says hospitals are checking regional bed capacity, and there is a stockpile of ventilators. She also says there are enough COVID-19 vaccines and boosters for New Yorkers.