Flu on Rise in New York: NYP-Lawrence Has New 15-Minute Test Print


By Josefa Paganuzzi, Thompson & Bender, for NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

Feb. 6, 2019:  The flu season is officially here. If it is like last year, 49 million Americans could soon come down with the illness. NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital is preparing for the uptick in cases with a new and faster #flutest it just implemented for patients visiting the emergency department. Now, rather than sending a specimen to the hospital’s lab, nurses can swab a patient at the bedside and immediately process the test in fifteen minutes or less.

Dr. Andrew Amaranto, the new site director for the NYP-Lawrence Emergency Department, urges Westchester residents to be on the lookout for influenza-like illness (ILI) symptoms, including fever, cough, headache, and body aches. In children, parents should take notice of abdominal pain in addition to the above.

The CDC estimated that so far this season, between about six million and seven million people have been sick with flu; up to half of those people have sought medical care for their illness; and between 69,000 and 84,000 people have been hospitalized with flu. Cases are on the rise in the greater NYC area.  For the first weeks of December, there were under 200 cases reported by the CDC in the NYC area compared with over 1,300 cases the second week of January. 

Photo courtesy Josefa Paganuzzi, Thompson & Bender, for NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

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