Health Advisory: NYSDOH Commissioner Declares Influenza No Longer Prevalent in the State

Lisa Volk

The New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D., has declared that influenza is no longer prevalent in New York State for the 2016-17 influenza season. Accordingly, at this time, section 2.59 of the New York State Sanitary Code (10 NYCRR § 2.59) no longer requires all health care and residential facilities and agencies regulated pursuant to Article 28, 36, or 40 of the Public Health Law to 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 to be prevalent in New York State.  Please see the attached Announcement from NYSDOH for further information.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15