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"One of my friends from back home is really sick with the flu, like, to the point where they haven't gotten out of bed in like six days, so I was, like, I should like probably hop on that," said Alina Acevedo, a SUNY Potsdam freshman.
With flu cases starting to pop up at SUNY Potsdam, Acevedo didn't want to take any chances, nor did she want her friend, Caroline.
"When she was telling me about it in the union, I called my mom and she was, like, I told you to get that months ago and I didn't," said Caroline White, SUNY Potsdam freshman.
SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University have both seen flu numbers skyrocket since students came back from break - with both colleges putting out health alerts to campus.
"The number one thing is wash your hands and cover your cough," said Deborah Murray, a registered nurse with SUNY Potsdam Student Health Services.
Not everyone who gets the flu goes to the doctor, so naturally not every case can be confirmed. But from what we do know, this past week, the flu has really started to show up in some parts of the north country.
Representatives with Lewis County General Hospital say they've seen more flu patients in the last week, as well as Carthage Hospital.
In some places, confirmed cases have more than doubled. Lewis County Public Health says in Lewis County alone, there have been 118 confirmed cases this season; 66 in just the last week.
Jefferson County Public Health says they have 227 confirmed, on pace to be more than last year.
Statewide the number of patients being hospitalized is skyrocketing, while the north country watched the rest of the country get the flu for a little while.
"I've been waiting for it to kind of come to the north country and I think it's here for sure. It's definitely on our campus, that's for sure," said Susan Knowles & Patricia Snider, health staff at Clarkson University Health & Counseling Center.
(Spelling correction - In the video above and earlier text, we misspelled, Patricia Snider's name as "Snyder." It has been corrected in the text)