Rockland County Executive Declares Measles Outbreak State of Emergency

Rockland County Executive Declares Measles Outbreak State of Emergency

New City, NY – County Executive Ed Day declared a county wide State of Emergency relating to the ongoing measles outbreak. Effective at the stroke of midnight, Wednesday, March 27, anyone who is under 18 years of age and unvaccinated against the measles will be barred from public places until this declaration expires in 30 days or until they receive the MMR vaccination.

This declaration was issued under New York State Executive Law § 24 and is attached.

“Every action we have taken since the beginning of this outbreak has been designed to maximize vaccinations and minimize exposures. We are taking the next step in that endeavor today,” said County Executive Day. “This is an opportunity for everyone in our community to do the right thing for their neighbors and come together. We must do everything in our power to end this outbreak and protect the health of those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and that of children too young to be vaccinated.”

In this emergency declaration, public places are defined as: a place where more than 10 persons are intended to congregate for purposes such as civic, governmental, social, or religious functions, or for recreation or shopping, or for food or drink consumption, or awaiting transportation, or for daycare or educational purposes, or for medical treatment. A place of public assembly shall also include public transportation vehicles, including but not limited to, publicly or privately owned buses or trains, but does not include taxi or livery vehicles.

“As this outbreak has continued our inspectors have begun to meet resistance from those they are trying to protect. They have been hung up on or told not to call again. They’ve been told “we’re not discussing this, do not come back,” when visiting the homes of infected individuals as part of their investigations. This type of response is unacceptable and irresponsible. It endangers the health and well-being of others and displays a shocking lack of responsibility and concern for others in our community,” said Day.

Law enforcement will not be patrolling or asking for vaccination records but those found to be in violation will be referred to the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office.

The Rockland County Department of Health will host a free MMR vaccination clinic from 1-3 pm, Wednesday, March 27 on the 2nd floor of Building A, Robert L. Yeager Health Complex, 50 Sanatorium Road, Pomona, NY.

“We must not allow this outbreak to continue indefinitely. We will not sit idly by while children in our community are at risk. This is a public health crisis, and it is time to sound the alarm, to ensure that everyone takes proper action to protect themselves and their neighbors; for the health and safety of all of us in Rockland,” concluded County Executive Day.

 

DECLARATION OF A LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY

FOR ROCKLAND COUNTY
Dated: March 26, 2019

There exists in this County a State of Emergency related to the outbreak of measles that
has been plaguing us since October 2018. It has been found that a meaningful portion of the
County’s residents are not vaccinated against the measles, which permits the outbreak to
continue.

This emergency directive is necessary because the County is experiencing an outbreak
larger in size and duration than any outbreak of that disease in this County in many years. Those
jeopardized include infants and those with immune compromised systems, including those
already suffering from cancer, the elderly and the infirm.

I find that I must take this step to protect the public safety of the residents and visitors to
Rockland County. I must take this step to protect the infants, infirm, and ill of this County who
are unable to be vaccinated against the measles or who are immunocompromised. I must make
every effort to protect them.

Therefore, in an effort to control this outbreak, and keep the residents and visitors to the
County healthy, I declare a State of Emergency and enact this directive pursuant to the powers
vested in me by the laws of this State.

Pursuant to the powers vested in me, by virtue of New York State Executive Law § 24, I
hereby direct as follows:

Measles Outbreak Emergency Directive
I. Prohibitions
From the execution of this emergency directive until midnight on April 25, 2019, no parent or
guardian of a minor or infant under the age of 18, shall cause, allow, permit, or suffer a minor or
infant under their supervision, to enter any place of public assembly in Rockland County, if that
minor or infant is not vaccinated against measles for any reason other than being serologically
immune to measles as documented by a physician, or prevented from receiving a measles
vaccination for a medical reason documented by a physician, or because the infant is under the
age of 6 months.
II. Definitions
Vaccinated/Unvaccinated
For the purpose of this emergency directive, a person is vaccinated if that person has, at
any time, received at least one dose of a medically recognized vaccine against the
measles (for example, the MMR vaccine), and four days has passed since receipt of that
dose. All other persons are deemed unvaccinated for the purposes of the enforcement of
this directive.
Place of Public Assembly
A. A place of public assembly shall be a place where more than 10 persons are
intended to congregate for purposes such as civic, governmental, social, or religious
functions, or for recreation or shopping, or for food or drink consumption, or awaiting
transportation, or for daycare or educational purposes, or for medical treatment. A place
of public assembly shall also include public transportation vehicles, including but not
limited to, publicly or privately owned buses or trains, but does not include taxi or livery
vehicles.
B. Places of public assembly do not include private residences, unless that private
residence, or a portion of it, is permitted by a Certificate of Occupancy, or other
governmental license or authorization to carry on one or more of the defining functions of
a place of public assembly.
C. With respect to the offices of physicians, hospitals, or other medical facilities, no
restriction shall apply where the minor or infant is present for the purpose of medical
care, treatment, or immunization. However, except in emergency situations, a parent or
guardian must call ahead to advise the office or facility that an unvaccinated minor or
infant will be coming to the facility or office.

D. With respect to minors or infants required by law to be at a place of public
assembly, for example attendance at family court or the like, the prohibition shall not
apply. However, a parent, guardian, or other responsible person or representative, must
call ahead to advise the office or facility that an unvaccinated minor or infant will be
coming to the facility or office.

Dated: March 26, 2019


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