Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Holiday Guidance

Halloween celebrations and activities, including trick-or-treating, can be filled with fun, but must be done in a safe way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 Please see below for Dos and Don’ts and creative ways to celebrate more safely:



Consider any public space or gathering as a potential site of COVID-19 exposure.


    If you had testing performed through another laboratory or private health care provider, check to see if they have a patient portal or phone line where you can obtain your results. Regardless of testing site, if your test result is positive, the Rockland County Department of Health will be contacting you.




 See the links below for clinical guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



 What is a Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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A novel coronavirus (COVID-19 ) is a new virus that has not been previously found in humans. The virus can cause either mild illness, such as a cold, or can make people sick with pneumonia.

This new virus was first detected in China and is spreading worldwide including in the United States.


Information to date suggests that COVID-19 mostly causes mild-to-moderate illness. In more severe cases, it can cause complications. Click here for more information on symptoms. 

If a person is sick with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has symptoms, they must stay home and limit contact with others, including people in their household, as much as possible. If medical care is needed, contact your doctor or clinic before arriving. 


It is recommended that Rockland residents take the following precautions to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands). If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Practice physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from other people (healthy or sick).
  • Wear a mask or face covering that covers your nose and mouth when in public and unable to maintain physical distance.

A note from Dr. Ruppert, the Rockland County Commissioner of Health: 

This fall and winter, COVID-19 is likely to overlap with the 2020-2021 flu season. There is a possibility of both viruses occurring in our communities at the same time. This makes getting your flu shot more important than ever. It is vital that everyone age 6 months or older get their yearly flu shot. In New York, our collective efforts at wearing face coverings and physical distancing are helping to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure the face mask fully covers your nose and mouth. Remember to continue to follow the basics of good personal hygiene, including washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze by using your elbow or a tissue, and not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Clean heavily used surfaces often.


Please consider any public site in Rockland as a potential site for COVID-19 exposure. We are all in this together, and each of us has an individual responsibility to do our part to curb the spread of this disease. Your choices now and throughout this outbreak will make the difference between life and death for members of our community. The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) continues to work tirelessly to monitor, investigate, and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

September 24, 2020

Please see our cancellations page for up to date information on meeting, event, class and exam cancellations and/or postponements.