Rockland County,NY will declare a countywide State of Emergency relating to the ongoing measles outbreak Tuesday afternoon. QUARANTINE: Effective at midnight, Wednesday, 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.
Rockland County is the small, red-shaded area in southeastern New York State shown on the map below:
The county is 199 SQ. MILES. It borders New Jersey to the south and the Hudson River to the east. It has a population of about 329,000 and is about 20 minutes drive from midtown New York City.
As of last Thursday, there are 151 confirmed reported cases of measles in the county, according to Rockland County.
To most, such a small number of cases is hardly any reason at all for fear, and certainly no reason at all to ban anyone, from anywhere! Said Norman Lacerte, "Public Officials are grossly over-reacting and attempting an extremist, alarmist, reaction, which is absurd."
The measles outbreak in Rockland is not limited to one community, however it is affecting residents of Spring Valley, New Square, and Monsey.
Rockland County has been grappling with a measles outbreak in recent months — previously asking students who are unvaccinated to not attend school.
Measles is a highly contagious disease. Young children, the immunocompromised, and non-immune pregnant women are at highest risk for severe complications. Measles is transmitted by airborne particles, droplets, and direct contact with the respiratory secretions of an infected person.
Measles typically presents in adults and children as an acute viral illness characterized by fever and generalized rash. The rash usually starts on the face, proceeds down the body, and may include the palms and soles. The rash lasts several days. Infected individuals are contagious from four days before rash onset through the fourth day after rash appearance.
Rockland officials encourage everyone to be up-to-date with the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine to help protect them in case of any future exposure to measles in Rockland.
Rockland health officials have urged those who are ill with a fever, rash, or conjunctivitis (red watery eyes) to stay home, not have visitors, and not go out in public.
To further prevent the spread of illness, the Rockland Health Department also advices that individuals who have symptoms consistent with measles to contact their health care provider, a local clinic, or local emergency department before going for care to help to prevent others at these facilities from being exposed to the illness.
The Rockland County Department of Health is coordinating its response with the New York State Department of Health.
What Would YOU Do?
The banning of un-vaccinated people from being in public is historic. To our knowledge, it has never taken place before.
Since it only applies to persons under 18 years of age, adults can freely move about, so getting food and supplies is not going to be a problem for much anyone. This time.
But what if it wasn't JUST a ban on people under 18? What if a full-blown QUARANTINE gets issued and EVERYONE has to stay home. No businesses could open. No deliveries could be made. THEN WHAT?
We suspect the overwhelming majority of you do not have 30 days food supply at home. Do you?
What would you do if authorities suddenly shut everything down for 30 days? No stores. No Shopping No deliveries. How would you and your family survive?
Below are banners from several suppliers of EMERGENCY FOOD. Maybe now that an actual QUARANTINE is being undertaken, some of you should take a minute, consider how much FOOD you have in your home or apartment, and take steps to start accumulating a supply.
Below are EMERGENCY FOOD vendors. Each one has a different selection of food and different times to plan for: 3 days, a week, a month, etc.
Click each Ad below for Different Vendor/Selection)
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