Rockland County Considering Further Action to Slow Spread of COVID-19

Rockland County Executive Ed Day. (via twitter)

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert informed residents that Rockland County has a total of 9 positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Rockland County.

Two new cases are residents of the Town of Clarkstown, and one is a resident of the Town of Ramapo.

A case of possible exposure occurred at Prince & Princess, a children’s clothing store located at 421 Route 59 Suite 5, in Monsey. The potential exposures took place on Tuesday, March 10 through Thursday, March 12 from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. Anyone who visited that location must remain quarantined until March 26, 2020.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day said that although the county has been working very closely with and in support of the actions taken by New York State, the county may institute additional actions.

“The time has come that we must take additional actions locally to protect the health and safety of everyone in Rockland,” Day said.

Day noted, however, that there are numerous legal obstacles that must be addressed before taking summary action, and the Rockland County government is working through the weekend to ensure that it is done in a legal and proper manner.

Details of the final actions will be announced on Monday, March 16, at 1:00 PM.

Day asked that “all of you to stay calm and remember to look out for your friends and neighbors.”

“Because we are seeing additional community spread of COVID-19 in Rockland, I am advising all residents to practice ‘social distancing,’ which means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible,” said Dr. Ruppert.