Press Releases

July 27, 2021
Covid-19 Delta Variant Confirmed in Rockland

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert urge unvaccinated residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible. [Read More]

July 26, 2021
Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert remind Rockland County residents about the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program, which aims to connect families to support networks that understand the challenges of caring for children and youth with special health care needs. [Read More]

July 21, 2021
Health Department Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce that Rockland County will celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, 2021. [Read More]

July 19, 2021
Calling All College and Graduate Students: Do Your Part to Help Prevent the Spread of Covid-19

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert urge college and graduate students to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the school year begins. [Read More]

July 16, 2021
This Summer Be Tick-free to Prevent Tick-borne Illnesses

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert remind residents that as you spend time outside this summer, be sure to protect yourself from tick bites. The risk and incidence of Lyme and other tickborne diseases persist and will rise, as it does every summer. [Read More]

July 14, 2021
Covid-19 Vaccine Available for Ages 12+ at Palisades Center

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be given on Sunday, July 18, 2021, from 1:00PM-3:00PM at the Palisades Center on the 1st floor in front of H&M (1000 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack, NY 10994). [Read More]

July 2, 2021
West Nile Virus Detected in Rockland County Mosquitoes

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce the first two pools, or groups, of mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) this year in Rockland County has been confirmed by the New York State Department of Health. [Read More]

June 28, 2021
Keep Cool in the Summer Heat

Very hot weather and humidity are forecast to continue this week. Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert urge residents to take simple steps to stay cool and help prevent heat-related illnesses. [Read More]

June 23, 2021
Covid-19 Vaccine Available for Ages 12+ at Palisades Center

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be given on Sunday, June 27, 2021, from 1:00-3:00PM at the Palisades Center on the 1st floor in front of H&M (1000 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack, NY 10994). Anyone age 12 and older can visit http://rcklnd.us/covid19 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are encouraged but not necessary. Walk-ins are welcome and will be registered on-site. [Read More]

June 18, 2021
Covid-19 Vaccine Available for Ages 12+ at Boulders Stadium

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH), Good Samaritan Hospital, and the NY Boulders announce COVID-19 vaccines will be available at Boulders Stadium in Pomona from June 21 – June 27. [Read More]

May 14, 2021
Health Department Announces Annual Mosquito Control Treatment of Catch Basins and Storm Drains

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert inform residents that the Health Department will be treating catch basins and storm drains to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in standing water inside of these structures. [Read More]

May 13, 2021
Covid-19 Vaccine Appointments Available for Ages 12+ Wednesday, May 19th at the Health Department

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces 1st dose appointments are available for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Anyone age 12 and older, can visit our COVID-19 webpage (http://rcklnd.us/covid19) to schedule their appointment. Appointments are encouraged but not necessary. Walk-ins are welcome and will be registered on-site. [Read More]

May 12, 2021
"be Tick Free" This Spring to Prevent Tick-borne Illnesses

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert remind residents that as you welcome the warmer weather and spend more time outside, be sure to protect yourself from tick bites. May is Lyme Awareness Month, and this is the time of year when ticks start making their annual appearance. Forecasters predict more precipitation than usual this spring and summer, leading to above-average tick populations. [Read More]

May 11, 2021
Enjoy Your Bike Ride with Safety in Mind

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert remind residents to follow safety guidelines when out bike riding. [Read More]

April 27, 2021
Covid-19 Vaccine Appointments Available This Friday at the Martin Luther King Center

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces 1st dose appointments are available for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, April 30, 2021, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, at the Martin Luther King Center 110 Bethune Blvd, Spring Valley, NY 10977. If you are 18 and older and live, work or attend school in New York State, visit our COVID-19 webpage http://rcklnd.us/covid19) to schedule your appointment. Walk-ins are welcome and will be registered onsite. [Read More]

April 20, 2021
Health Department Offers Free Rabies Shots for Cats, Dogs, and Ferrets on Sunday, May 2, 2021

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert today announced that free rabies shots (vaccinations) are available for cats, dogs, and ferrets belonging to Rockland residents on Sunday, May 2, 2021, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Robert Yeager Health Complex, 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona (In the parking lot in front of Building F). No appointment is needed. The shots are free; however, a $5 donation per animal will help defray our costs. [Read More]

April 14, 2021
Health Department Offers Free Mosquito Control Products to Keep Pools & Outdoor Spas Mosquito Free

To help County residents reduce the number of mosquitoes on their property, Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce the availability of free Mosquito Control Products for the 2021 Season. [Read More]

April 13, 2021
Covid-19 Vaccine Appointments Available This Wednesday and Thursday at the Health Department

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces 1st dose appointments are available for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, and Thursday, April 15, 2021. If you are 18 and older and live, work or attend school in New York State, visit our COVID-19 webpage (http://rcklnd.us/covid19) to schedule your appointment. [Read More]

April 9, 2021
Health Department Administers over 35,448 Covid-19 Vaccine Doses

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) administered its first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on January 5, 2021. Since then, over 35,448 first and second doses have been administered at the Rockland County Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Pomona, NY, and several pop-up locations in high-need communities in Rockland. [Read More]

March 12, 2021
Health Department Announces Registration for Covid-19 Vaccination for Anyone Eligible in New York State

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) will post registration links for the COVID-19 vaccine on the COVID-19 webpage (http://rcklnd.us/covid19) beginning Monday, March 15th at 10:00 am. The links to make appointments will remain on the COVID-19 webpage to make it more accessible for residents to book new appointments when they become available and cancelations as they occur. [Read More]

March 11, 2021
Health Department to Open Covid-19 Vaccination Registration for Phase 1b Essential Workers and Persons with a Health Condition

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) will open registration today for the COVID-19 vaccine at 6:00 pm on the COVID-19 webpage at http://rcklnd.us/covid19. We expect the registration link to only be open for a few minutes. [Read More]

March 1, 2021
Health Department to Open Covid-19 Vaccination Registration for Persons with Health Conditions

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces that registration for the COVID-19 vaccine at the RCDOH site will open on the COVID-19 webpage for residents with qualifying comorbidities/underlying health conditions only today at 4:00 pm. We expect the registration link to only be open for a few minutes. [Read More]

February 26, 2021
Private Well Lookup Tool Created

Rockland County Executive Ed Day, Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert and County Legislator Harriet Cornell announce a new web app to determine whether a resident’s private well is within ¼ mile of a point where Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and/or Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) have been detected. [Read More]

February 26, 2021
Health Department Continues Covid-19 Vaccination for All Phase 1b Essential Workers

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces that registration for the COVID-19 vaccine at the RCDOH site will open on the COVID-19 webpage for all Phase 1b essential workers only today at 4:00 pm. We expect the registration link to only be open for a few minutes. [Read More]

February 18, 2021
Covid-19 2nd Dose Vaccination Clinics Rescheduled Due to Delay of Vaccine Shipment

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces that the COVID-19 2nd dose vaccination clinics scheduled for Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 9 AM – 1 PM and Monday, February 22, 2021, from 9 AM – 6 PM have been rescheduled to Saturday, February 27, 2021, from 9 AM – 1 PM and Monday, March 1, 2021, from 9 AM – 6 PM due to the delay in shipment of vaccine as a result of extreme cold weather-related conditions across the country. The shipment of vaccines to be used at the RCDOH clinics has been delayed in order to protect the integrity of the vaccine to keep everyone safe. [Read More]

February 17, 2021
Covid-19 2nd Dose Vaccination Clinics Rescheduled Due to Weather

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces that the COVID-19 2nd dose vaccination clinics scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, February 18, 2021, from 9 AM – 5 PM and Friday, February 19, 2021, from 9 AM – 5 PM have been rescheduled due to both local and national weather. [Read More]

February 11, 2021
Health Department Continues Covid-19 Vaccination for Phase 1b Essential Workers

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces that registration for the COVID-19 vaccine at the RCDOH site will open on the COVID-19 webpage for Phase 1b essential workers only, today at 4:00 pm. We do not expect the registration link to be open for very long. For up-to-date information on vaccinations at the RCDOH COVID-19 clinic, follow/like us at https://www.facebook.com/rockhealth or https://twitter.com/rockhealth. [Read More]

February 8, 2021
Covid-19 2nd Dose Vaccination Clinic Rescheduled

New City, NY, - The Rockland County Department of Health announces that the COVID-19 2nd dose vaccination clinic scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, February 9, 2021, from 1 PM – 5 PM has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 10, 2021, from 1 PM – 5 PM due to the weather. If you have a 2nd dose appointment for Tuesday to be vaccinated at Rockland County Department of Health clinic, you will receive a COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday at the same time as your original appointment. No new appointment will be scheduled, and you should come at the same time as your appointment scheduled for Tuesday. [Read More]

February 6, 2021
Rockland - Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic Rescheduled

The Rockland County Department of Health announces that the COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, February 7, 2021, from 9 AM – 1 PM has been rescheduled for Monday, February 8, 2021, from 1 PM – 7 PM due to the weather. [Read More]

February 4, 2021
Health Department Announces Covid-19 Vaccine Registration for Phase 1b Essential Workers

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces that registration for the COVID-19 vaccine at the RCDOH site will open on the COVID-19 webpage for Phase 1b essential workers, starting today, after 4:00 pm. We do not expect the registration link to be open for very long. For up-to-date alerts on the RCDOH COVID-19 vaccine appointments, follow/like us at www.facebook.com/rockhealth or www.twitter.com/rockhealth. [Read More]

January 27, 2021
Health Department to Vaccinate Essential Workers: Can Continue to Vaccinate Seniors This Week

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces the delivery of 1,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine for this week. Of these doses, 700 have been designated for eligible individuals in priority phase 1b that fall within the essential worker category. The state has mandated that local health departments vaccinate ONLY Phase 1b essential workers, including police, firefighters, teachers, college professors, and grocery store workers. [Read More]

January 20, 2021
Health Deparment Mandated to Vaccinate Essential Workers: Can Assist Seniors This Week

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces the delivery of 2,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine for this week. Of these doses, 700 have been designated for eligible individuals in priority phase 1b that fall within the essential worker category. The state has mandated that local health departments vaccinate ONLY essential workers including police, firefighters, teachers, college professors, and grocery store workers. [Read More]

January 15, 2021
Rockland County Health Commissioner Provides Update on Covid-19 Vaccine Process

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) is providing an update to the community about the COVID-19 vaccination process and the Commissioner, Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, has updated her note on the health department’s COVID-19 website to alert the public about the following: [Read More]

January 12, 2021
Vaccine Arrives at Rockland County Department of Health

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announced that we received additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this morning, and eligible residents have already signed up to be vaccinated. NO ADDITIONAL APPOINTMENTS ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. [Read More]

December 24, 2020
Safely Celebrate the Holiday Season During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Rockland County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert reminds residents that COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Rockland County and neighboring communities. It is important to remain cautious and follow recommended public health measures to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 during the holiday season. [Read More]

December 23, 2020
Happy Holidays: if You Are Drinking, Do Not Drive

This holiday season will look different as the COVID-19 pandemic may be putting more people on the road. As more people choose to drive rather than fly, take public transportation, or taxis and rideshare services this year because of fear of infection, this can also result in more drivers on the road who are impaired by alcohol and more drunk driving fatalities in 2020 than in prior years. [Read More]

December 16, 2020
Health Department Offers Snow and Cold Weather Safety Tips

With heavy snow and strong winds in the forecast, Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert advise residents to take common-sense steps to protect their health and safety: [Read More]

December 11, 2020
Additional School Covid-19 Testing Date and Mask Giveaway Announced

The Rockland County Department of Health is continuing to partner with Good Samaritan Hospital to provide an additional testing date for school districts within Rockland's Yellow Zone. Schools within the Yellow Zone are required to test 20% of students, faculty, and staff over the two-week period immediately following the announcement of a Yellow Zone designation in order to stay open for in-person instruction. [Read More]

November 28, 2020
School Testing Sites Announced - One Week of Coordinated Testing to Begin

The Rockland County Department of Health has partnered with Good Samaritan Hospital to provide one-week of testing for school districts within Rockland's Yellow Zone, beginning Monday, November 30th. Schools within the Yellow Zone are required to test 20% of students, faculty, and staff over the two-week period immediately following the announcement of a Yellow Zone designation in order to stay open for in-person instruction. School districts have until December 9, 2020 to meet this initial requirement [Read More]

November 24, 2020
Rockland County Residents Benefit from Creating Healthy Schools and Communities

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce the successful completion of Creating Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC), a 5-year project in the East Ramapo Central School District (ERCSD) and surrounding communities funded by the New York State Department of Health. The grant’s purpose was to reduce risk factors for chronic disease in high-need school districts and neighborhoods by increasing the students’ and residents’ ability to get more physical activity and improve access to healthy nutrition. [Read More]

November 19, 2020
Safely Celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert remind residents that COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Rockland County and neighboring communities. It is important to remain cautious and follow recommended public health measures to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. [Read More]

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

The Rockland County Department of Health has been notified that a staff person at St. Francis of Assisi in West Nyack (128 Parrott Rd, West Nyack, NY 10994) tested positive for COVID-19 and was at the following masses during their infectious period: [Read More]

November 10, 2020
Health Department Offers Free Rabies Shots for Cats, Dogs, and Ferrets on Sunday, November 15, 2020

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert today announced that free rabies shots (vaccinations) are available for cats, dogs, and ferrets belonging to Rockland residents on Sunday, November 15, 2020, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Robert Yeager Health Complex, 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona (In the parking lot in front of Building F). No appointment is needed. The shots are free; however, a $5 donation per animal will help defray our costs. [Read More]

November 2, 2020
Safety Campaign Encourages Sharing Roads Respectfully

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert are raising awareness about the rules of the road and the importance of sharing the road respectfully. The county health department, the River Villages, and local bike clubs partnered to create a safe street campaign that includes street banners and a brochure to promote greater respect and awareness among pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. [Read More]