IMPORTANT: Flu Declared Prevalent in NYS

TO:                        All Rochester Regional Health Employees and Medical Staff
FROM:                  Rob Mayo, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Rochester Regional Health


The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has declared that influenza is now prevalent in NYS for the 2017-2018 season.

Effective immediately, those who have not received a flu vaccination MUST wear a mask in ANY AREA where patients may be present. Masks should be worn in areas and during times that an employee can expose patients to the flu, including patient rooms, nursing stations, as well as hallways, elevators, cafeterias (except when eating) where patients may be present.

You will receive a clear communication when the masking policy is no longer in effect.

Click here to review frequently asked questions about flu masking.

If you have not yet received a flu vaccine, free vaccines are still available at Employee Health Services. If you received your vaccine at an off-site location, contact Employee Health Services to verify your vaccination status and receive a badge backer.

Thank you for your understanding and participation in this tremendously important initiative in keeping our patients, employees and visitors safe and healthy this flu season. If you have any questions about the masking requirements, please contact your affiliate Infection Prevention program, or Melissa Bronstein, System Director of Infection Prevention.