Rockland County Executive Ed Day

Peter Haskell

Rockland Plans To Fight Judge’s Decision To Block Measles Emergency Order

April 09, 2019 - 6:13 pm
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NEW CITY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — With the number of measles cases in Rockland County up to 168, officials are responding to a judge's ruling blocking its emergency declaration.

The county is planning an appeal of the judge's ruling, with Rockland Executive Ed Days saying he does have the authority to declare an emergency.

“This outbreak is an imminent threat to our public health. You have to be not paying attention to not understand that,” he said Tuesday.

He says the decision to end the measles emergency declaration relies on “flawed logic.”

County Health Commissioner Patricia Rupert said she wants to continue to keep the infected and unvaccinated away from public places.

“We are in the process of developing criteria to identify individuals who will then be issued new county Health Department orders,” she said Tuesday.

The county is currently considering $2,000 fines for violators.

The renewed fight in Rockland comes on the same day that Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a separate health emergency and ordered mandatory MMR vaccines for residents in certain parts of Williamsburg.

Meanwhile, as the measles outbreaks continue to grow, some lawmakers continue to push legislation to remove religious exemptions for vaccination for children going to school.

Measles is a highly-contagious, airborne virus that easily spreads through coughing and sneezing. The virus can live for up to two hours in the air or on surfaces. It causes fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, followed by a rash.

No deaths have been reported in New York so far, but measles can lead to pneumonia and encephalitis.