Coronavirus (COVID-19)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

FOR RESIDENTS

STAY HOME, STOP THE SPREAD, SAVE LIVES!

  • COVID-19 Questions, Resources and Information:
    • Rockland County Coronavirus COVID-19 Map Dashboard
    • County's COVID-19 Hotline at 845-238-1956 is available Monday-Sunday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm. 
    • New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) 2019 Novel Coronavirus 24-hour hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
    • Local COVID-19 information and resources, visit United Way of Rockland Coronavirus Webpage or call 211
    • To speak with a crisis counselor, call the Office of Mental Health, Emotional Support Line at 1-844-863-9314 from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, 7 days a week. The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency.
    • Department of Mental Health's Support Line at 845-364-2955 is available Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The support line is for those feeling anxious related to the virus in general (even without having symptoms or positive results). 
    • For immediate medical emergencies, please contact 911.
* Due to the large spread of COVID-19 in the county, the health department will no longer be able to advise residents where potential exposures have occurred. Please consider any public site in Rockland as a potential site of COVID-19 exposure.

 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 now spreading worldwide including in the United States.

Symptoms

Information to date suggests that COVID-19 causes mild-to-moderate illness and flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath. In more severe cases, it can cause complications such as pneumonia.

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. 

Prevention

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.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. 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.
  • Stay at home unless you must go to work, seek medical care, or get groceries.
  • Practice social distancing, stay 6 feet (2 meters) away from other people (healthy or sick), stay home. For social distancing flyers, see links to download different versions: English, Spanish, Creole, and Yiddish

A note from Dr. Ruppert, the Rockland County Commissioner of Health:  COVID-19 has spread quickly throughout Rockland County and New York State, and drastic actions must be taken. All residents must stay home, including children and teens not in school, unless you must get food, medical supplies, or are an essential employee that must work outside the home. Please consider any public site in Rockland as a potential site for COVID-19 exposure.

We all have 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.

Stay home and follow the basics of good personal hygiene including to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze by using your elbow or a tissue, and don't touch eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, and clean heavily used surfaces often.

March 24, 2020

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