ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Nearly 2,000 New Yorkers were hospitalized with lab-confirmed influenza last week, the latest statistic supporting health officials' claim that the flu is on a steady rise.

That's a 34 percent increase from the previous week.

Governor Cuomo is now directing the New York State Department of Health to take additional steps to ensure healthcare facilities are prepared for the remainder of the flu season.

"As the numbers of flu cases and flu hospitalizations continue to rise, I've directed the Department of Health to use every tool at its disposal to make sure our healthcare system remains prepared for an influx of patients," Cuomo said. "While providers are taking extra steps in response to the uptick in the flue season, new Yorkers can still protect themselves and others by getting a flu shot."

Tioga County has seen a huge spike in cases compared to 2018.

Less than a week after the Health Department issued a statewide advisory, Cuomo is calling for enhanced monitoring of hospitals through the Health Emergency Response Data System to ensure hospitals have the capacity, guidance, and resources necessary to combat the recent surge in hospitalizations.