COUNTY OF ERIE
GALE R. BURSTEIN, MD, MPH, FAAP
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH
HEALTH ALERT PRIORITY #344
May 10, 2017
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.
NYS Department of Health Commissioner Declares Influenza No Longer Prevalent in the State
The New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D., declares that influenza is no longer prevalent in New York State for the 2016-17 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 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.
- 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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