Press Releases

April 3, 2020
Covid-19 Information for Non-health Care Employers:

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert continue to inform employers in Rockland County about guidance for the end of an employees’ isolation due to COVID-19. As an essential business, described here: https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026, knowing when an employee who has been exposed to, believed to, or confirmed to have COVID-19 is allowed to return to work is very important. See below for guidance for employees that have been directly exposed to someone with COVID-19, not tested for COVID-19 or have a positive test result and either has symptoms or no symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 include a cough, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, sore throat, muscle aches, loss of appetite, diarrhea, or loss of smell/ taste. [Read More]

March 25, 2020
Commissioner of Health Signs Isolation Order Related to Covid-19!

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce a new ‘Commissioner’s Standing Isolation Order’ (isolation order) for mandatory isolation related to COVID-19 to separate sick people from healthy people to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This isolation order directs persons with positive COVID-19 test results to go to and stay home (or other place as ordered by the Rockland County Department of Health) and explains how long the person, depending on symptoms, must remain isolated at home. If this legal isolation order is not followed, residents may be fined up to $2,000 per day. Parents and guardians are responsible for ensuring their child(ren) complies with the isolation order or face the same fines. [Read More]

March 23, 2020
Stay Home to Keep Yourself, Your Family and Your Friends Safe!

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert continue to warn residents of the widespread confirmation of COVID-19 in our county. The cases are rising dramatically each day, and it is expected this trend will continue. Currently, there are 623 positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Rockland County. Additionally, two more deaths occurred due to COVID-19, one on March 22 and one on March 23, 2020. The decedents were 79 and 66 years old and both had other significant health problems. The total number of deaths in Rockland County due to COVID-19 is currently 5. [Read More]

March 20, 2020
Health Department Implores All Residents to Stay Home to Limit the Spread of Covid-19

Keep Yourself and Your Family and Friends Safe! [Read More]

March 19, 2020
Health Department Warns All Residents: Covid-19 is Everywhere in Rockland

Stay Home To Stop The Spread Of COVID-19! [Read More]

March 17, 2020
Health Department Alerts Residents of Additional Potential Coronavirus (covid-19) Exposures

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert inform residents that Rockland County has a total of 18 positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “COVID-19 is spreading in Rockland County and now, everyone is at risk for contracting this viral infection. Infected people can spread the infection to others before they become sick. The best way to prevent and slow the spread is through ‘social distancing.’ Protect yourself and loved ones by staying home, and avoiding settings and gatherings where people are closer than 6 feet or 2 meters apart”. said Dr. Ruppert. [Read More]

March 16, 2020
Health Department Alerts Residents of Additional Potential Coronavirus (covid-19) Exposures

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert inform residents that Rockland County has a total of 15 positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). “As we are continuing to see 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. Anyone who visited the following locations in Rockland County may have been exposed to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and must stay in quarantine until the end date listed for each location: [Read More]

March 13, 2020
Potential Coronavirus (covid-19) Exposure in Rockland County

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

March 11, 2020
Keep Medicines and Vitamins Up, Away, and out of Sight

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert want to help you keep your children safe from medicines and vitamins that could cause them harm. [Read More]

March 10, 2020
Health Department Alerts Residents of Potential Coronavirus (covid-19) Exposure in East Ramapo Central School District

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert inform residents that Rockland County has a total of 6 positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Rockland County, all within the Town of Ramapo. Three of the cases are students from the East Ramapo Central School District who attended Hempstead Elementary, Pomona Middle School and Ramapo High School. [Read More]

March 9, 2020
Health Department Alerts Residents of Potential Coronavirus (covid-19) Exposure in Rockland County

Rockland County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert advises residents that two Rockland County residents who have been confirmed to have Coronavirus (COVID-19) potentially exposed others to the disease from February 28 to March 2. [Read More]

March 6, 2020
Health Department Alerts Residents of First Confirmed Cases of Covid-19 in Rockland County

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert inform residents that Rockland County has confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Rockland County. Two Rockland residents who were under quarantine, had testing done, and were confirmed with COVID-19 today. They are currently under isolation at their homes. The Rockland County Health Department is in the process of conducting contact investigations and will make any additional public health notification as required. [Read More]

March 5, 2020
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Get the Facts and Get Tested!

During Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert inform residents that the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that screening should begin at age 45 for people at average risk of colorectal cancer. Screening can be done either with a sensitive test that looks for signs of cancer in a person’s stool (a stool-based test) or with an exam that looks at the colon and rectum (a visual exam). [Read More]

March 4, 2020
Use Daylight Saving Time to Check Clocks, Emergency Supply Kits, & Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert remind residents to change your clocks when Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 8th, and take time to check your emergency supply kit. Is it missing any items? Is anything out-of-date, leaking, or damaged? [Read More]

March 3, 2020
Rockland Schools Keep Students Active with “march Forward”

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert encourage Rockland school administrators, teachers, and students to participate in Rockland’s eighth annual “March Forward,” the county’s classroom-based physical activity awareness day. March Forward starts on the first Friday of March and runs through the second Friday. This year, March Forward will take place from Friday, March 6th to Friday, March 13th. [Read More]

February 27, 2020
County Health Department Statement on Coronavirus: No Cases

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert inform residents that at this time, there are no coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Rockland County. The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) is currently monitoring one individual who is under quarantine. (Updated numbers will only be provided when issuing official RCDOH communications.) [Read More]

January 17, 2020
Protect Yourself and Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert urge residents to protect themselves from the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO). It is a poisonous gas known as the 'silent killer' since you can't see it, smell it, or taste it. Carbon monoxide can come from anything that burns fuels, especially if it is not used or vented in the right way. Examples include furnaces, wood stoves, kerosene heaters, generators, gas-powered home appliances, gas-powered tools, gas and charcoal grills, and cars and trucks. [Read More]

January 15, 2020
Help Students and School Employees Stay Healthy

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce the New Norms for Healthy Schools training series organized by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition. In the coming months, the Department will co-sponsor the series which offers several free professional development opportunities for educators and the community-at-large to learn more about school-based physical activity and nutrition, wellness policies, mental health, and school employee wellness programs. Unless otherwise noted, the sessions will take place from 4:30 - 6:30 pm at Rockland BOCES Conference Center, 65 Parrott Road, West Nyack, NY. Detailed descriptions and links for pre-registration are available through the Rockland Teachers’ Center website, http://bit.ly/2Fgxaq7. [Read More]

January 15, 2020
Rabies Warning

The Rockland County Department of Health requests that anyone in the community that may have any knowledge of a male who was bitten by a raccoon over this past weekend at Kakiat Park in Suffern, NY, contact the Department of Health at 845-364-2594 or the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office at 845-638-5400. [Read More]

January 14, 2020
12 Quit Smoking Tips in the New Year

Make quitting smoking your New Year’s resolution. Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert want you to follow these tips from the Health Department's Put It Out Rockland Quit Smoking Program to help you quit in the New Year: [Read More]

January 8, 2020
Be a Healthier You in 2020

Do you have a chronic health concern that is stopping you from living your life to its fullest? Do you have concerns about falling? If you answered yes to either of these questions, Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert recommend that you take one of the following workshop series to help you reach your goal of living a healthier lifestyle. [Read More]

January 6, 2020
Get Screened for Cervical Cancer

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and encourage you to start the year off right by contacting your health care provider to make sure you are up-to-date with your cervical cancer screening (checking your body for cancer before you have symptoms). [Read More]

January 3, 2020
Free Radon Test Kits Available for Eligible Residents

January is National Radon Action Month - Test Your Home. Protect Your Health [Read More]
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