Press Releases

November 1, 2019
Time to Change Your Clocks and Check Your Emergency Supply Kit

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert remind residents that Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 3. Before going to sleep on Saturday night, remember to turn your clocks back one hour. This weekend is also a good time to check your emergency supply kit. Is it missing any items? Is anything out-of-date, leaking, or damaged? If you haven't created an emergency supply kit yet, now is the time to do it! [Read More]

October 30, 2019
Have a Safe and Fun Halloween

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert want to ensure that all trick-or-treaters have a safe and fun holiday. "Halloween is one of the most enjoyable days of the year for the County's children. While these celebrations provide a chance to give out healthy snacks and get physical activity, parents and caregivers must be involved to make sure that Halloween is also safe. Trick-or-treaters need adult supervision, even if they travel in groups. Adults should check Halloween treats before children eat them, and make sure that children never eat open or unwrapped treats," said Dr. Ruppert. [Read More]

October 25, 2019
Health Department Schedules Additional Flu Vaccine Clinics

For anyone 6 months and older, at several locations in Rockland [Read More]

October 17, 2019
October 20-26 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Learn how to reduce children’s exposure to lead [Read More]

October 4, 2019
Fire Prevention Week is October 6 - 12

Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape! [Read More]

October 2, 2019
Health Department Alerts Residents of International Travel-related Measles in Rockland

International Traveler with a Confirmed Case of Measles [Read More]

September 27, 2019
Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus Detected in Rockland County Mosquitoes

First pool (group) of mosquitoes tested positive in Rockland County [Read More]

September 26, 2019
Back to School Bus Safety

September 25, 2019
Measles Outbreak Declared over in Rockland

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert declared the end to the 2018-2019 measles outbreak in Rockland. A measles outbreak is officially declared over 42 days (two incubation periods) after the last rash onset date of the last person with measles. This means no new measles cases were reported to the health department in the affected area. [Read More]

September 18, 2019
Health Department Schedules Flu Vaccine Clinics

For anyone 6 months and older, at several locations in Rockland [Read More]

September 9, 2019
Health Department Offers First Flu Vaccine Clinic Friday, September 13, from 2 Pm – 4 Pm in Pomona

Get ahead of the flu! Get your flu shot before the start of influenza season! [Read More]

September 6, 2019
Health Department Continues to Offer Free Measles Vaccines

Join us on September 11th for a free vaccine education awareness event in Pomona [Read More]

August 21, 2019
Air Quality Health Advisory Issued for Thursday, August 22, 2019

The pollutant of concern for the Air Quality Health Advisory is ozone [Read More]

August 13, 2019
Health Department Celebrates the Anniversaries of Rockland Baby Cafés

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert celebrate the anniversaries of the two Baby Cafés located in Spring Valley. A free event for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers will be held on Thursday, August 29 from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center Baby Café, located at 110 Bethune Blvd. in Spring Valley. Come have your questions about postpartum care answered and receive breastfeeding support. [Read More]

July 30, 2019
Air Quality Health Advisory Issued for Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The pollutant of concern for the Air Quality Health Advisory is ozone [Read More]

July 26, 2019
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. [Read More]

July 25, 2019
West Nile Virus Detected in Rockland County Mosquitoes

First pool (group) of mosquitoes to test positive this season for West Nile Virus in Rockland County [Read More]

July 24, 2019
Health Department Celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announced that Rockland County is celebrating National Breastfeeding Awareness Month with events in August; during World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7 and Black Breastfeeding Week, August 25-31. [Read More]

July 24, 2019
Health Department Continues to Offer Free Measles Vaccines

With the continued measles outbreak in Rockland, County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert reminds residents of the importance of getting vaccinated. As of July 23, there are 282 confirmed reported cases of measles in the county since the outbreak began in October 2018. [Read More]

July 19, 2019
Air Quality Health Advisory Issued for Saturday, July 20 Through Sunday, July 21, 2019

The pollutant of concern for the Air Quality Health Advisory is ozone [Read More]

July 18, 2019
Air Quality Health Advisory Issued for Friday, July 19, 2019

The pollutant of concern for the Air Quality Health Advisory is ozone [Read More]

July 18, 2019
Keep Cool in the Summer Heat

Very hot weather is in the forecast for this upcoming weekend. 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]

July 12, 2019
Health Department Notifying Residents of Possible Measles Exposure at Auction Mart (appliance) in Monsey on July 5

Measles cases continue to climb in Rockland – Health Dept. offers free measles vaccine clinics [Read More]

July 10, 2019
Air Quality Health Advisory Issued for Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The pollutant of concern for the Air Quality Health Advisory is ozone [Read More]

June 28, 2019
July Professional Development Opportunity for Rockland County Educators

Active Learning Specialist Summer Institute [Read More]

June 28, 2019
Air Quality Health Advisory Issued for Friday, June 28, 2019

The pollutant of concern for the Air Quality Health Advisory is ozone [Read More]

June 19, 2019
Health Department Offers Free Measles Vaccine Clinics in Monsey on June 21 and Nanuet on June 23

With the continued measles outbreak in Rockland, County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert reminds residents of the importance of getting vaccinated [Read More]

June 13, 2019
Examine Your Skin - It Could Save Your Life!

When caught and treated early, skin cancer is highly curable [Read More]

June 7, 2019
Health Department Notifying Residents of Possible Measles Exposure at Pharmacy Plus in Spring Valley on May 28

Measles cases continue to climb in Rockland – Health Dept. offers free measles vaccine clinics [Read More]

May 28, 2019
Know the Facts About Tb (tuberculosis)

RC Executive Ed Day and Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert want to raise awareness about TB, and the Health Department's TB clinics [Read More]

May 24, 2019
Health Department Notifying Residents of Possible Measles Exposures in Monsey, Nanuet, and Spring Valley May 6 - May 19

With the continued measles outbreak in Rockland, residents are reminded of the importance of getting vaccinated [Read More]

May 22, 2019
Baby Boomer? Get Tested for Hepatitis C

While anyone can get hepatitis C, more than 75% of adults infected are baby boomers [Read More]

May 21, 2019
"be Tick-free" This Spring to Prevent Tick-borne Illnesses

May is Lyme Awareness Month - as you welcome the warmer weather and spend more time outside, be sure to protect yourself from tick bites [Read More]

May 16, 2019
Rockland Worksite Wellness Summit is Friday, May 17

Create a culture of health in your workplace [Read More]

May 8, 2019
Health Department Offers Free Measles Vaccines on Friday May 17 in Suffern

From 9 am to 12 pm at the Christ Episcopal Church, located at 65 Washington Avenue in Suffern, NY 10901 [Read More]

May 7, 2019
Prevent Asthma Attacks at Home

Healthy Neighborhoods Program can make home visits to identify and discuss asthma triggers in the home and provide free products to prevent triggers [Read More]

May 6, 2019
Enjoy Your Bike Ride with Safety in Mind

May is National Bike Month [Read More]

May 6, 2019
Health Department Announces Annual Mosquito Control Treatment of Catch Basins and Storm Drains

Health Department will be treating catch basins and storm drains beginning May 6 to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in standing water inside of these structures. [Read More]

May 2, 2019
Get Your Children Vaccinated! Protect Their Health

Give your children a healthy start in life by making sure they are up-to-date on their vaccinations [Read More]

April 17, 2019
Don't Be a Distracted Driver!

Distracted driving is doing any activity that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving [Read More]

April 16, 2019
Health Department Offers Free Rabies Shots for Cats, Dogs and Ferrets on Sunday, April 28, 2019

From 10 AM until 1 PM at the Rockland County Fire Training Center, 35 Firemen's Memorial Drive in Pomona [Read More]

April 11, 2019
Measles Outbreak Continues

Health Department notifying residents of possible measles exposures in Spring Valley and New City April 2 to April 5 [Read More]

April 10, 2019
Health Department Offers Free Measles Vaccines on Friday, April 12 in Monsey

From 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Monsey WIC office, located at 23 Robert Pitt Drive, Suite 103 in Monsey, NY 10952 [Read More]

April 3, 2019
Free Measles Clinic

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert encourage residents six months and older to get a free measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine on Friday, April 5, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the WIC office, located at 26 New Main Street in Haverstraw, NY 10927. [Read More]

April 1, 2019
Rockland County Health Department Achieves National Accreditation

In time for National Public Health Week, April 1 – 7, County Executive Day and Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert are proud to announce that the Health Department recently became accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board [Read More]

March 29, 2019
Measles Outbreak Continues

Health Department notifying residents of possible measles exposures in Monsey on March 20 and March 24 [Read More]

March 28, 2019
Health Department Offers Free Mosquito Control Products

Mosquito Dunks® and Fathead Minnows [Read More]

March 21, 2019
Measles Outbreak is Not over

The Rockland County Department of Health asks residents to help protect themselves and our community from measles [Read More]

March 19, 2019
Rockland Again Ranked #1 Healthiest County in Nys

Annual County Health Rankings Report released today [Read More]

March 14, 2019
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Get the Facts and Get Tested!

American Cancer Society issued updated colorectal cancer testing guidelines [Read More]

March 13, 2019
Keep Medicines and Vitamins Up, Away, and out of Sight

March 17 – 23 is National Poison Prevention Week [Read More]

March 12, 2019
Arrive Alive: Don't Drink and Drive While Celebrating St. Patrick's Day, Sunday March 17

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays on our nation’s roads because unfortunately too many people choose to drink and drive [Read More]

March 8, 2019
Use Daylight Saving Time to Check Clocks, Emergency Supply Kits, and Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

If you haven't created an emergency supply kit yet, now is the time to do it! [Read More]

February 8, 2019
Walk to Exercise Your Heart, but Walk Wise!

Keep your heart healthy by walking; remember to follow the rules of the road [Read More]

February 4, 2019
Health Department Offers Free Measles Vaccines on Wednesday, February 13

Flu vaccines will also be available [Read More]

January 28, 2019
Arrive Alive: Don't Drink and Drive This Super Bowl Weekend

Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, 2019 [Read More]

January 24, 2019
Family Medical Practice and Worksite in Rockland Recognized for Being Breastfeeding Friendly

Integrative Lactation and Family Health, and Child Care Resources of Rockland, Inc., have become the latest medical practice and worksite in Rockland to be recognized as “Breastfeeding Friendly.” [Read More]

January 17, 2019
Measles Outbreak is Not over

Help protect our community - make sure you are up-to-date with your measles vaccination, if not, get vaccinated! [Read More]

January 14, 2019
Health Department Offers Snow and Cold Weather Safety Tips

With snow and very cold weather in the forecast for later this week, take some common-sense steps to protect your health and safety [Read More]

January 8, 2019
Protect Yourself and Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

It is a poisonous gas known as the 'silent killer' since you can't see it, smell it, or taste it [Read More]

January 7, 2019
Get Screened for Cervical Cancer

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month [Read More]

January 7, 2019
Free Radon Test Kits Available for Eligible Residents

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