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    Mask mandate resumes at all 11 NYC Heath and Hospitals amid rise in flu, COVID and RSV cases


    NEW YORK (WABC) — A mask mandate has resumed for all 11 of the city’s public hospitals after an increase in coronavirus, flu and respiratory syncytial virus cases.

    The mask requirement also applies for all health clinics and nursing homes run by NYC Health + Hospitals.

    Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan said Wednesday the requirement is for areas of the hospital where patients are being treated.

    He said it is also partially to protect the staff from incoming sickness as the numbers of patient cases rise. He said city hospitals are currently handling patient levels well and none are overwhelmed.

    Vasan said there are increasing levels of sickness in the city, and health officials are hearing of increased coughing and other symptoms at places where people gather, like work.

    He said the most important thing for people who feel sick to do is stay home.

    RELATED | Suffolk County health officials tracking rise in whooping cough cases

    The most common symptoms are cough, nasal congestions and fever. The cough can last several weeks.

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