Rockland County to Declare State of Emergency
On Tuesday afternoon, March 26th, Rockland County will be declaring a state of emergency.
ABC7 NY is reporting that starting at midnight on March 27th anyone under the age of 18 who isn't vaccinated will be "barred from public places until this declaration expires in 30 days or until they receive the MMR vaccination."
No information is available at this time on how the rule will be enforced.
Health officials say there are currently 151, confirmed, cases of the measles in Rockland County.
Free MMR vaccines are available in two different locations:
- The Rockland County Department of Health at the Pomona health complex, appointments can be made by phone at 845-364-2497 or 845-364-2520.
- The Rockland County Department of Health Spring Valley Family Planning Clinic , by appointment to Family Planning patients. Call 845-364-2531 for an appointment.
Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert said in "Measles is highly contagious, so anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting the disease, and they may spread measles to people who cannot get vaccinated because they are too young or have specific health conditions."
Just recently it was reported that 44 unvaccinated students in Rockland county were not allowed to return back to school.