Unvaccinated Healthcare Workers Must Now Wear Masks
As of December 20, 2018, New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker has declared influenza prevalent in New York State.
This determination is the threshold which triggers the "Regulation for Prevention of Influenza Transmission by Healthcare and Residential Facility and Agency Personnel." This regulation (Title 10, Section 2.59) requires facilities and agencies, including hospices and licensed and certified home health agencies, to require that personnel who are not vaccinated against the current strain of influenza wear a surgical or procedure mask while working in areas where patients or residents may be present, throughout the period that the Commissioner has declared that influenza is prevalent.
The Department has launched a NYS Flu Tracker, which can be found here.