NYS DOH Commissioner Declares Influenza No Longer Prevalent in NYS for 2018-2019 Influenza Season

Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

The New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, JD, declares that influenza is no longer prevalent in New York State for the 2018-19 influenza season, as of the date of this announcement. Accordingly, at this time, section 2.59 of the New York State Sanitary Code (10 NYCRR § 2.59) no longer requires all healthcare 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 may be present. This declaration shall remain in effect until the Commissioner declares influenza to be prevalent in New York State. 

Frequently Asked Questions 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


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