(WBNG) — Coronavirus may be hitting the headlines, but there’s another virus you should be aware of in our own backyard. “So far in Broome County we’ve had 0 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, but we’ve had almost 3,000 cases of flu this season,” said public health representative with the Broome County Health Department Chelsea Reome-Nedlik. The flu is on the rise. So far this season, the State Department of Health says New York has had 106,824 cases. That’s along with practicing other healthy habits to keep yourself protected from the flu. “The present flu season has been a rather harsh flu season and part of the reason for that is we’ve seen a lot of influenza B this year, which is pretty rare. Typically we see a lot more influenza A,” said Reome-Nedlik. Broome County says it can account for 2,814 cases. Numbers may not be dropping anytime soon. It’s not too late to get your flu shot. “Get adequate sleep if you have time off of school or work due to the holiday, catch up on sleep if you can,” said Reome-Nedlik. “We’re in or around the peak of flu season right now, but that doesn’t mean you should decrease your vigilance,” said Reome-Nedlik. If you’re a child or adult without insurance, the Broome County Health Department can provide a flu vaccine at no cost. Call (607)778-2839 for an appointment. “Be vigilant about washing your hands. If you don’t have soap and water, then use hand sanitizer especially after you’ve been in public places. Also be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, mouth, or face too much with your hands,” said Reome-Nedlik. With some kids off from school this week, it’s important to stay well-rested to avoid getting sick.
Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” Whether or not the back-to-school hubbub affects you or your children, we hope youâ€™ll attend our Back to School Breakfast with Barefoot Jerry on August 15 from 7-10 a.m. which is a fundraiser for those served by Futures Unlimited. Barefoot Jerryâ€™s located at 217 N. Washington in Wellington is hosting the breakfast again this year.â€œBarefoot Jerryâ€™s is proud to one again join Futures Unlimited in partnership for the annual Back to School Breakfast,â€ says Jerry Fike, owner of Barefoot Jerryâ€™s. â€œLast yearâ€™s breakfast skillet was a hit and thatâ€™s what weâ€™ll plan to serve as only BFJâ€™s can prepare.â€Dine in and enjoy a delicious and filling breakfast skillet (diced potatoes, sausage, egg and cheese) with a side of fresh fruit and a cinnamon roll with your choice of coffee or orange juice for only $6. Or call in a take out order at 359-1611.Futures is Sumner Countyâ€™s trusted provider of disability supports and early intervention programs for more than 35 years, giving people of every age the help they need with the dignity they deserve.We are champions for empowerment, inclusion and opportunity â€“ our passion, our mission!