PROVIDENCE R.I. (WPRI) – The Rhode Island Department of Health announced that the flu is no longer widespread in the state.
The Health Department has lifted the requirement for unvaccinated healthcare workers to wear surgical masks in hospitals and many other healthcare facilities.
The flu had reached widespread level iback on March 2, 2016.
“Rhode Island healthcare workers should be commended for helping prevent the spread of the flu in healthcare facilities, and for protecting the patients they care for, by wearing masks,” said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott.
Alexander-Scott also said, “flu season is not over yet. For people who have not been vaccinated yet, there is still time to get a flu shot. The flu causes missed days of school and missed days of work, and it forces many people to spend a week in bed. Vaccination is the best protection.”
Although the masking requirement was lifted, if a healthcare facility experiences a flu outbreak, the Director of Health may require unvaccinated healthcare workers in that facility to wear surgical masks during direct patient contact.