December 20, 2018 - NYS Department of Health declares flu prevalent.
The New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker declares influenza to be prevalent in New York State for the 2017-18 influenza season, as of the date of this announcement. In accordance with Section 2.59 of the New York State Sanitary Code (10 NYCRR § 2.59), all healthcare and residential facilities and agencies regulated pursuant to Article 28, 36, or 40 of the Pulic Health Law, shall ensure that all personnel, as defined in the regulation, not vaccinated against influenza for the current influenza season wear a surgical or procedure mask while in areas where patients or residents are typically present. This declaration shall remain in effect until the Commissioner declares influenza no longer prevalent in New York State.
Frequently Asked Questions (NYSDOH) regarding the regulation and other resources are available at http://health.ny.gov/FluMaskReg
For more information please direct questions to FluMaskReg@health.ny.gov