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Flu starting to move into the Finger Lakes

Nationwide, the winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years, while the Rochester area has yet to feel the brunt of it. That could change quickly.

“We have a few confirmed cases and it looks like it’s starting to increase here,” said Mary Beer, director of Ontario County Public Health. “We are not at peak in this county and it really is not early here. The numbers are just starting to ramp up.”

Flu was widespread statewide as of Nov. 30, according to the New York State Department of Health.

In Canandaigua, at UR Medicine Thompson Health, Director of Infection Prevention Kristen Bloom said as of Monday Thompson had seen four positive flu cases so far this season. “This is similar to this time last year,” she said. As of Monday, there hadn’t been any flu-related hospitalizations at Thompson.

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