December 5, 2019 - NYS Department of Health declares influenza is prevalent
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker today declared that influenza is now prevalent in New York State. This announcement puts into effect a regulation requiring that healthcare workers who are not vaccinated against influenza wear surgical or procedure masks in areas where patients are typically present. Flu activity in the state is now considered to be widespread, with laboratory-confirmed cases in 42 counties and all boroughs of New York City. So far this season in New York, 691 flu-related hospitalizations and one flu-associated pediatric death have been reported. Over the last three seasons, there have been 20 flu-associated pediatric deaths in New York and an average of 18,352 flu-related hospitalizations each flu season. Flu season occurs primarily from October through May.
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