Rockland County bans unvaccinated minors from public spaces

Rockland County bans unvaccinated minors from public spaces

Rockland County bans unvaccinated minors from public spaces

The state has been struggling with an outbreak of measles recently, and as Reuters reported, Rockland County declared a state of emergency on Tuesday.

County officials said they will enforce the ban the same way they do other laws, according to CNN.

The measure, which defines a public place as anywhere "more than 10 persons are meant to congregate" - including public transport - was announced by officials in Rockland County, 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of New York City.

There have been 181 confirmed cases of measles in Brooklyn and Queens since October, a lot of them involving members of the Orthodox Jewish community, according to the CDC. In Rockland county, only 72.9 percent of people between the ages of one and 18 are vaccinated, according to Day.

"I think that something needs to be done that has to be very drastic, that people need to comply and we've got to stop this", said Rockland resident Renee Kahan, who stopped by the clinic for a booster shot. "We need people to help protect everyone in the community", Lyon said. "However, parents will be held accountable if they're found to be in violation of this emergency declaration". This is the 26th week of an outbreak and while many people have been vaccinated in that time period, Day said there's been increasing resistance from those are are still unvaccinated.

"We believe this to be the first such effort of this kind nationally and the circumstances we face here clearly call for that", Rockland County Executive Ed Day said at a press conference. As of Tuesday, there are 153 confirmed cases, with 84 percent of the people infected under the age of 18.

"This type of response is unacceptable and frankly irresponsible", he said. In New York City, more than 180 cases have been confirmed. The prohibition was decided upon after county health officials announced six new exposure sites in Spring Valley and Monsey, including several supermarkets, public transport areas, and other social hotspots says USA Today. If investigators working to identify when and where an individual was exposed to measles come across an unvaccinated person who had been in public, the case will be referred to the district attorney. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

You should also see your GP if you have been in close contact with someone who has measles and haven't been fully vaccinated or haven't had the infection before, even if you don't have any symptoms yet.

"This is a public health crisis and it is time to sound the alarm".

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