Monsey, NY – Upping the ante in the war against measles, Rockland County Executive Ed Day issued two new directives today aimed at curbing the seven month long outbreak, warning that violators could face fines of up to $2,000 per day.
Day made his announcement at a Tuesday morning press conference with Rockland County Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert. As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2UkGs9U), Day issued a 30 day, countywide state of emergency at the end of March that banned unvaccinated minors from indoor public areas, but that order was overturned by a Supreme Court judge nearly two weeks ago.
Under the new Communicable Disease and Exposure Expulsion Order, any person with a confirmed case of measles or who is linked to an ongoing DOH measles investigation would be barred for up to 21 days from all indoor or outdoor places where 10 or more people gather. The directive also requires those who are currently subject to an exclusion period or their parents to prohibit all non-immunized guests, relatives, visitors or workers from entering their homes unless they are providing pastoral, home care or medical services.
Violators and those who refuse to provide details of their illness to the DOH, including where they have been and who they have been in contact with, can face stiff financial consequences. Parents will be held accountable if their measles-exposed children fails to comply with the order, warned Day.
While the vast majority of Rockland County’s yeshivas have already closed for Pesach, a second order would allow mandatory vaccinations in school for all students that have yet to produce vaccination records or medical proof of immunity, although medical and religious exemptions are permitted. Failure to comply would also be trigger hefty daily fines.
Noting that measles killed 110,000 in 2017, Day said that he refused to do nothing while measles continues to spread in the county. As of yesterday, 186 confirmed cases have been reported in Rockland, an increase of more than two dozen since Day declared the state of emergency on March 26th.
“We will use every tool at our disposal and do so regardless of opposition or distractions,” warned Day. “That is our responsibility and we will conquer the challenge that is in front of us.”