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Commissioner declares flu no longer prevalent in New York

State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, today declared influenza is no longer prevalent in New York.

This declaration means New York’s healthcare workers who are not vaccinated against influenza are no longer required to wear masks in areas where patients are typically present.

According to DOH, flu activity in the state peaked during the week ending February 23, when there were more than 9,600 laboratory-confirmed cases in one week. As of April 27, there were 106,755 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza and 18,513 hospitalizations, along with six pediatric influenza-associated deaths.

New York regulations require healthcare workers in certain facilities to wear surgical or procedure masks if they have not had a flu vaccine while influenza is prevalent in the state.

Although flu is no longer prevalent, Commissioner Zucker cautioned that flu season is not over and continued to urge New Yorkers to get vaccinated. Contact: Karen Roach

Published May 3, 2019