Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

July 12, 2019
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
               Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512


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

NEW CITY, NY - - 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 11, there are 280 confirmed reported cases of measles in the county since the outbreak began in October 2018.

Measles is one of the most contagious viruses on earth; 90% of unvaccinated people exposed to the virus become infected. You can catch measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been, up to 2 hours after that person is gone. You can get measles from an infected person even before they have a measles rash. Due to Rockland County's small geographic size, exposure to the measles may occur anywhere in Rockland.

Anyone who visited the following location at the following time may have been exposed to measles:

  • Auction Mart (Appliance), located at 75 Route 59, Monsey, NY 10952, on Friday, July 5 from 11:00 am to 11:30 am, with a risk of exposure until 1:30 pm.

These times reflect the period that the infected individuals were in this area and a two-hour period after they left the area, because the virus remains in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours. If you were present at this location during these times, especially if you are in any of the following high-risk groups, contact your health care provider by phone right away (call before going for care):

  • Pregnant
  • A child under 6 months of age
  • Immunocompromised or immunosuppressed (when your body can't fight disease)
  • Have not been vaccinated against the measles
  • Were born before 1957 and are immunosuppressed

"Being up-to-date with your measles vaccination is the best way to help protect yourself, your family, and the community, especially those who cannot get vaccinated because they are too young or have specific health conditions," said Dr. Ruppert. Since the outbreak began, the Health Department together with partners such as Refuah Health Center and private pediatricians and family doctors have administered over 24,186 doses of MMR vaccine.

Free MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccines are also available at the Rockland County Department of Health, Building A, second floor clinic area, located at 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona at the following dates and times. No appointments are needed.
Mondays; July 15, July 22, and July 29 from 2 pm - 4 pm
Tuesdays; July 16, July 23, and July 30 from 2 pm - 4 pm
Wednesdays; July 17, July 24, and July 31 from 9 - 11:30 am
Thursdays; July 18, and July 25 from 9 am - 11:30 am
Fridays; July 19, and July 26 from 9 am - 11:30 am

For an evening appointment: Call 845-364-2534 Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

The Health Department is actively working to contain the further spread of measles. If you are ill with a fever, rash, or conjunctivitis (red watery eyes), please help protect our community - stay home, do not have visitors, and do not go out in public. If you have symptoms consistent with measles, contact your health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care. This will help prevent others at these facilities from being exposed to the illness.

"We urge everyone to follow the Health Department's advice - get vaccinated against the measles, and if you are sick with measles - stay home. We are making progress against this dangerous disease but this outbreak is still a public health emergency and we need the entire community's help to end it," said County Executive Ed Day.

The Health Department is asking all health care providers to immediately report all cases of suspect measles to the Rockland County Department of Health Communicable Disease Program staff by calling (845) 364-2997 during normal business hours, or (845) 364-8600 after hours/weekends. Health Care Providers can also call this number for additional information.

Residents can get more information about measles by visiting and by calling the New York State Department of Health toll free Measles Information Line at (888) 364-4837.