New York County Declares State of Emergency Due to Measles Outbreak

Measles Outbreak
Face of boy with measles. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

A New York county declared a state of emergency for 30 days due to the ongoing measles outbreak that sickened over a hundred people in the community.

On Tuesday, Rockland County Executive Edwin Day issued the state of emergency declaration. The county is dealing with the measles outbreak since October 2018. There are 153 confirmed reported cases of measles in the county as of March 26, 2019.

In addition to the emergency declaration, the county also banned anyone below 18 years of age and unvaccinated from public places starting midnight on Wednesday, March 27.

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In a statement, Mr. Day explained, “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.”

Additionally, he stated, “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.”

Rockland County will not allow the measles outbreak to continue

Furthermore, Mr. Day noted that some people infected with measles are resisting county inspectors. They refused to discuss the health situation. He said the resistance is “unacceptable and irresponsible” because they are “endangering the health and well-being of others.” He went on to say that a person with the kind of behavior “displays a shocking lack of responsibility and concern for others…”