Every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized due to complications from influenza across the country. As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise, it is more crucial now than ever to protect yourself from the seasonal flu and prevent our local hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. While COVID-19 and influenza are different viruses, they are spread in similar ways. The best ways to protect yourself from getting sick are to get your flu shot (flu shots are recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months) and follow the COVID-19 safety precautions such as wearing a mask whenever you leave home, avoiding contact with others outside of your household, and staying home when you are sick. In this bulletin, you can find more information on protecting yourself from the flu, read updates on the Regional Stay at Home Order, and find resources for community members who have been affected by COVID-19.