The four-county GLOW region has yet to reach 30 lab-confirmed cases of the flu this season, according to data from the state Department of Health.

There have been 29 lab-confirmed cases in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties as of March 23, an increase of five from Feb. 6.

Flu season typically peaks in February in the GLOW region, though the flu can occur at any time of the year. Flu season typically runs from October to May, with GLOW region counties seeing hundreds of cases by February.

Wyoming County has had nine confirmed cases, the most in the GLOW region - though none since Feb. 6. Among other GLOW counties, Livingston County has had six total cases, an increase of two from Feb. 6; Orleans County has had eight, up three from last month; and Genesee County remains at six confirmed cases.

In comparison, Erie County has had 372 confirmed cases of flu and Monroe County has had 44 through March 23, according to state health department data.

A total of 881 people have been tested for the flu in the GLOW region, making a positivity rate of 3.29 percent. On Feb. 6, the positivity rate in the region was 3.98 percent.

Among individual counties, the positivity rates are 2.2% in Genesee County, based on 275 tests; 2.9% in Livingston (209 tests); 3.3% in Orleans (243 tests) and 5.8% in Wyoming (154 tests).

Statewide, there have been 4,153 lab-confirmed cases of flu, and 651,841 tests administered for a positivity rate of 0.64 percent.

Three counties – Yates, Tioga and Franklin – have not yet had a lab-confirmed case of flu, according to the state health department’s flu tracker.

During the 2019-20 flu season, the GLOW region saw 2,013 total cases of flu. This included 695 cases in Livingston County, 598 in Genesee County, 454 in Wyoming County, and 266 in Orleans County.

Last year was the most severe flu season in three years, with a strain of Influenza B - which typically is most common later in the season - being more prevalent early in the season.

Flu shots are recommended for everyone above the age of six months. Local health officials remind residents that it is not too late to get a flu shot.

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