Any single case of a reportable condition or an increase over baseline incidence of any condition is required to be reported by a facility licensed under Article 28 of the Public Health Law (10NYCRR 702.4). The facility should report the case to the NYSDOH electronically through the Nosocomial Outbreak Reporting Application (NORA), by fax to the Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control Program Central Office, or by phone to the Regional Epidemiologist in the facility's region. Urgent matters should be directed by phone to the Regional Epidemiologist. General questions and infection control guidance may be directed to the Regional Epidemiologist or to the Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control Program Central Office.
Nosocomial Outbreak Reporting
- Nursing Homes - Outbreak Reporting in Health Care Facilities, 1998 (letter)
- Hospitals - Nosocomial Outbreak Reporting, 1998 (letter)
Infection Control Reporting Forms
Line List Forms
- Clostridium Difficle Infection Line List Form (PDF)
- General Line List Form (PDF)
- General Line List Form (XLS)
- Gastroenteritis Line List Form (PDF)
- Influenza, Influenza-like Illness, Upper Respiratory Illness Line List Form (PDF)
- Skin Infection Line List Form (PDF)
Reporting of suspected or confirmed communicable diseases is mandated under the New York State Sanitary Code (10NYCRR 2.10). Although physicians have primary responsibility for reporting, school nurses, laboratory directors, infection control practitioners, daycare center directors, health care facilities, state institutions and any other individuals/locations providing health care services are also required to report communicable diseases.
Reports should be made to the local health department in the county in which the patient resides and need to be submitted within 24 hours of diagnosis. However, some diseases warrant prompt action and should be reported immediately to local health departments by phone. A list of diseases and information on properly reporting them can be found under Communicable Disease Reporting Requirements.
Questions and requests for infection control guidance may be directed to the Local Health Department or to the NYSDOH Regional Epidemiology Program at a Regional Office or by email to the Central Office at email@example.com.Back to Top