Rockland’s Measles State of Emergency has Residents Concerned

A day after the county declared a state of emergency to stem the measles outbreak, residents are concerned that the government is overreaching its authority and exerting its power to stoke fear. Several people who posted on the county’s Facebook page where a video of Tuesday’s emergency announcement is, one referred to the county’s reaction as “absolute insanity” and others were concerned they’d be asked for “medical papers.” Rockland Sheriff Lou Falco says they aren’t standing in public doorways checking for documentation waiting to round people up…

Confronted with the knowledge of potentially having been in a public place with his newborn that had recently been visited by a person infected with the measles, Orangetown Supervisor Chris Day says he’s getting together with frequent political nemesis, Ramapo Legislator Aron Wieder, to make a public service announcement urging Rocklanders to get immunized…

The two will record a message together in English and Yiddish, urging both of their communities to get vaccinated. Meanwhile, News 12 reports a group will be protesting the state of emergency declaration with an “unvaccinated civil disobedience” sit-in at 10 this morning at Palisades Center. If you think you have measles or need the vaccine, contact your healthcare provider. For information on the measles, click here, or call the State Department of Health’s toll-free Measles Information line at 1-888-364-4837.

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