Press Releases

September 25, 2020
Potential Covid-19 Exposure

The Rockland County Department of Health has been notified that a person who tested positive for COVID-19 attended three separate Spanish language masses at the Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship Church, located at 384 New Hempstead Road in New City during their infectious period. [Read More]

September 24, 2020
Health Department Offers Free Drive-thru Rabies Vaccination Clinic for Cats, Dogs, and Ferrets on Sunday, October 4, 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 on Sunday, October 4, 2020, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. at the Robert Yeager Health Complex, 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona (Enter Complex at Building F). [Read More]

September 18, 2020
Health Department Offers First Flu Vaccine Clinic Friday, September 25, from 10 Am – 2 Pm in Pomona

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce that the Health Department has scheduled its first flu (influenza virus) vaccine clinic for the 2020-2021 flu season. This clinic is for everyone 6 months and older, and will be held on Friday, September 25, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Robert Yeager Health Center, in the parking lot in front of Building F, which is located at 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona. The clinic is a drive-up for those arriving in vehicles or a walk-up for those arriving by public bus. In order to receive a flu vaccine, everyone must wear a mask. [Read More]

September 18, 2020
An Injury from a Fall Can Change Your Life!

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert encourage older adults to learn how to prevent falls. [Read More]

September 9, 2020
Back to School Bus Safety

Students who are returning to in-person instruction may rely on school buses to get them to and from school safely, and that means more children and buses on the roads. With the start of the new school year, Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert remind residents to share a few simple tips with your children to help them stay safe when traveling to and from school. [Read More]

August 28, 2020
Are You Prepared? Emergencies Can Happen at Any Time!

September is both National Preparedness Month and Hurricane Preparedness Month. Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert urge residents to take action and get ready! Take time now to put together an emergency supply kit, learn your evacuation zone, and make and practice a family emergency plan for how you will contact family members and what you will do in different situations. [Read More]

August 21, 2020
Gyms and Fitness Centers Allowed to Open

Facilities to Be Inspected by Health Department for Covid-19 Guidance Compliance [Read More]

August 17, 2020
West Nile Virus Detected in Rockland County Mosquitoes

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert today announced that the first pool, or group, of mosquitoes to test positive this year in Rockland County for West Nile Virus (WNV), has been confirmed by the New York State Department of Health. The infected mosquitoes were collected from a trap in the Town of Orangetown during the week of August 3rd as part of the County's ongoing mosquito surveillance efforts. No human cases have been reported this season. [Read More]

July 27, 2020
Increased Rodent Activity

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert alert residents of increased rodent activity due to the recent COVID-19 restaurant and business closures. The temporary shutdown has caused an increasing need for rodents such as rats to become more aggressive in their behavior and find alternative food sources, which has led to an increase in rodent incidents in residential neighborhoods. [Read More]

July 22, 2020
Health Department Celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announced that Rockland County will celebrate National Breastfeeding Awareness Month with an event in August; during World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7. [Read More]

July 20, 2020
Protect Yourself from Ticks

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 16, 2020
Potential Rabies Exposure Warning 2

The Rockland County Department of Health is reaching out to anyone in the community that may have any knowledge of an adult female and female child that dropped off an 8-9 week old kitten at the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center in Pomona on Friday, June 26, 2020. [Read More]

July 16, 2020
Potential Rabies Exposure Warning

The Rockland County Department of Health is reaching out to anyone in the community that may have any knowledge of an adult female and female child that dropped off an 8-9 week old kitten at the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center in Pomona on Friday, June 26, 2020. [Read More]

July 13, 2020
Free Drive-thru Rabies Vaccination Clinic 7-19

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 on Sunday, July 19, 2020, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Rockland County Fire Training Center, 35 Firemen's Memorial Drive in Pomona. No appointment is needed. [Read More]

July 3, 2020
Safely Celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert remind residents that COVID-19 is still active in New York and our area. It is important to remain vigilant (careful) and continue to follow recommended public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. [Read More]

June 11, 2020
Health Department Offers Free Mosquito Dunks 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 Dunks for the 2020 Season. [Read More]

June 9, 2020
#publichealthishere4u - Environmental Health

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce the latest update to the #PublicHealthIsHere4U media series, which highlights local COVID-19 public health efforts that are keeping our community safe. The series highlights county employees and volunteers that have come together to help battle this disease through the implementation of public health measures. [Read More]

June 5, 2020
#publichealthishere4u - Office for the Aging

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce the latest update to the #PublicHealthIsHere4U media series, which highlights local COVID-19 public health efforts that are keeping our community safe. The series highlights county employees and volunteers that have come together to help battle this disease through the implementation of public health measures. [Read More]

June 2, 2020
#publichealthishere4u - Youth Bureau

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce the latest update to the #PublicHealthIsHere4U media series, which highlights local COVID-19 public health efforts that are keeping our community safe. The series highlights county employees and volunteers that have come together to help battle this disease through the implementation of public health measures. [Read More]

May 28, 2020
#publichealthishere4u - Wic Program

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce the latest update to the #PublicHealthIsHere4U media series, which highlights local COVID-19 public health efforts that are keeping our community safe. The series highlights county employees and volunteers that have come together to help battle this disease through the implementation of public health measures. [Read More]

May 26, 2020
#publichealthishere4u - Public Transportation

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce the latest update to the #PublicHealthIsHere4U media series, which highlights local COVID-19 public health efforts that are keeping our community safe. The series highlights county employees and volunteers that have come together to help battle this disease through the implementation of public health measures. [Read More]

May 21, 2020
#publichealthishere4u 2

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce the latest update to the #PublicHealthIsHere4U media series, which highlights local COVID-19 public health efforts that are keeping our community safe. The series highlights county employees and volunteers that have come together to help battle this disease through the implementation of public health measures. [Read More]

May 20, 2020
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]

May 19, 2020
"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. [Read More]

May 15, 2020
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 15, 2020
#publichealthishere4u

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce the latest update to the #PublicHealthIsHere4U media series which highlights local COVID-19 public health efforts that are keeping our community safe. The series highlights county employees and volunteers that have come together to help battle this disease through the implementation of public health measures. [Read More]

May 14, 2020
Engaging Rockland Youth #youthcangetit2 Movement Challenge

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce the #YouthCanGetIt2 Movement Challenge to engage Rockland County youth in sharing their own style of social media messaging to educate their peers about COVID-19 prevention. Weekly through the month of May, Rockland youth in Grades 7 – 12 may enter the #YouthCanGetIt2 Movement Challenge by submitting their social media COVID-19 prevention messages to the United Way of Rockland for the chance to win a $25 Visa, Mastercard or iTunes gift card. [Read More]

May 13, 2020
#publichealthishere4u Media Series Designed to Highlight Local Public Health Efforts

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce the #PublicHealthIsHere4U media series to highlight local COVID-19 public health efforts to keep our community safe. The Rockland County Department of Health will spearhead the series by highlighting county employees and volunteers that have come together to help battle this disease through the implementation of public health measures. [Read More]

May 8, 2020
Commissioner of Health Amends Standing Isolation Order to Reflect New Cdc Covid-19 Guidance

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce an amendment to the ‘Commissioner’s Standing Isolation Order’ (isolation order) related to COVID-19 to separate all sick people from healthy people and prevent the spread of COVID-19. [Read More]

May 4, 2020
Covid-19 Release Letters Available for Those Under Quarantine and Isolation Orders

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce a convenient way for residents to request a letter indicating the person is released from COVID-19 quarantine or isolation. These letters serve as confirmation that a person is no longer considered infected with or exposed to COVID-19 and may return to work or school. Residents can request a letter by completing the questionnaire here: http://rcklnd.us/dohrelease. [Read More]

April 20, 2020
#youthcangetit2 Social Media Campaign Designed by and for Local Youth

- Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce the #YouthCanGetIt2 social media campaign to highlight COVID-19 prevention methods for teens and young adults. The Rockland County Department of Health and the United Way of Rockland spearheaded the Coronavirus Youth Committee to bring together youth-serving organizations and the teens and young adults they serve. The Committee identified the social media platforms and messaging that youth would respond best to. Using graphic design and video, youth from the Haverstraw Center, United Way of Rockland, Spring Valley NAACP, BRIDGES, Rockland County Youth Bureau and Martin Luther King Multipurpose Center created visual images and video messages for the social media outlets used most often by youth. [Read More]

April 20, 2020
Commissioner of Health Updates Isolation Order Related to Covid-19

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce an updated ‘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 has been updated to include persons who have been notified of positive laboratory test results by their medical providers (and not only RCDOH) and persons who have been diagnosed by their medical providers with COVID-19 based upon symptoms only and no laboratory test. For ease of understanding updates to the isolation order have been highlighted. [Read More]

April 10, 2020
Commissioner of Health Signs Standing Precautionary and Mandatory Quarantine Orders to Covid-19

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce two new ‘Commissioner’s Standing Quarantine Orders’ (precautionary and mandatory quarantine orders) related to COVID-19 to separate sick people from healthy people and prevent the spread of COVID-19. These orders also inform Healthcare Personnel (HCP) and Essential Personnel (EP) when they may return to work to help prevent staff shortages that would negatively impact the operation of healthcare facilities and essential businesses. [Read More]

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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