DOH: 2018-2019 Influenza Declared Prevalent in New York State

Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

The New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker declares influenza to be prevalent in New York State for the 2018-19 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 health care 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 may be 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 

For more information please direct questions to 


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