Press Releases

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]
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