COUNTY OF ERIE
GALE R. BURSTEIN, MD, MPH, FAAP
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH
HEALTH ALERT PRIORITY #342
December 28, 2016
NYS Department of Health Commissioner Declares Influenza Prevalent in the State
Please distribute to Healthcare Providers, Infection Control Department, Emergency Department, Infectious Disease Department, OB/GYN, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Director of Nursing, Medical Director, Laboratory Service, Pharmacy, and all patient care areas.
The New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker declares influenza to be prevalent in New York State for the 2016-17 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 Public 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. \
At this time, please activate your facility’s or agency’s policy and procedure to ensure compliance with 10 NYCRR § 2.59.
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
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