Rockland County Exec. Defends Measles State of Emergency

The County Executive defended his state of emergency declaration on Friday in the wake of a protest the day before at Palisades Center. Ed Day said 500 MMR vaccinations had been requested following the declaration, noting that was his goal – to emphasize the need for people to be protected…

Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert emphasized the measles is more than a simple childhood disease with no consequences…

Rockland State Senator David Carlucci wants legislation to limit vaccinations exemptions for only medical reasons…

The county has now seen 157 confirmed cases of measles since the outbreak began last fall. If you think you have measles, or want or need the vaccine, contact your healthcare provider. Below is a list of the most recent locations where a person infected with measles traveled. You can also call the State Department of Health’s toll-free Measles Information line at 1-888-364-4837.

Anyone who visited the following locations or used the following taxis at these times may have been exposed to measles:

  • Uber that initially traveled to Monsey Hub shopping plaza in Monsey, NY on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 1:20pm to 1:30pm with a risk of exposure until 3:30pm.
  • Nyack Taxi that initially traveled from Monsey Hub shopping plaza in Monsey, NY 10952 on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 2:20pm to 3:00pm with a risk of exposure until 5:00pm.
  • Rockland Kosher Supermarket, located at 27 Orchard St, Monsey, NY 10952 on Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 1:00pm until 5:00pm.
  • La Familia Taxi that initially traveled from Rockland Kosher Supermarket, located at 27 Orchard St, Monsey, NY 10952 on Sunday March 24, 2019 between 3:00pm to 3:05pm with a risk of exposure until 5:05 pm.

These times reflect the period that the infected individuals were in these areas and a two-hour period after they left the areas, because the virus remains in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours. If you were present at these locations during these times, especially if you are in any of the following high-risk groups, contact your health care provider by phone right away (call before going for care):

  • Pregnant
  • A child under 6 months of age
  • Immunocompromised or immunosuppressed (when your body can’t fight disease)
  • Have not been vaccinated against the measles
  • Were born before 1957 and are immunosuppressed

“High community vaccination rates help protect people who cannot get vaccinated because they are too young or have specific health conditions. The best way to help protect yourself and the community is to remain up-to-date with your measles vaccination,” said Dr. Ruppert.

Free MMR vaccines are available by calling:

  • The Rockland County Department of Health at 845-364-2497 or 845-364-2520 to schedule an appointment to get a free MMR vaccine at the Pomona health complex.
  • The Rockland County Department of Health Spring Valley Family Planning Clinic is also providing MMR vaccines, by appointment to Family Planning patients. Family Planning Clinic patients can call 845-364-2531 to schedule an appointment.

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