Coronavirus: Rockland Yeshivas Fined, Temporary Hospital Coming

Lanning Taliaferro

This article originally appeared on the Nanuet Patch

ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY — The number of reported cases of new coronavirus in Rockland County has risen to 1,340 as of Thursday afternoon. A temporary hospital site similar to the ones already identified in Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties is planned for Rockland, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his Thursday morning news briefing.

Statewide, there are 37,258 confirmed cases, and 5,327 people currently hospitalized with the coronavirus, including 1,290 intensive care patients. Statewide, 385 have died, up from 285 reported on Wednesday, according to state health officials.

There have been seven deaths due to coronavirus in Rockland.

Two private Jewish schools in the county have been fined for remaining open in defiance of state and county emergency orders.

The Rockland County Department of Health has been deploying inspectors as complaints are received to protect the public health and ensure compliance with the Commissioner of Health’s School Closure Order which reads in part:

The presence of students in public and private, primary, secondary and post-secondary schools and educational institutions in Rockland County poses an imminent and significant threat to the public health and safety of the residents of and visitors to the County as well as a public health hazard and that the students’ presence in schools creates an unnecessary and avoidable risk of spreading the COVID-19 pandemic in Rockland County and is therefore a public health nuisance.

The emergency order proscribes that, “each date upon which an entity violates any term of this Order constitutes a separate and distinct violation subject to a civil penalty not to exceed the sum of two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) per violation per day.”

Two schools were deemed to be in violation by inspectors from the Rockland County Department of Health:

  • Central UTA of Monsey, 236 Cherry Lane, Airmont, NY – violation notice posted 3/25/20.
  • Kahal Shaarei Tefillah, 7 Nelson Road, Monsey, NY – violation notice posted 3/25/20.

As of Wednesday, the Rockland County Department of Health had received 85 complaints related to alleged COVID-19 violations. If you see something that may be a potential violation, please report it to the Rockland County Department of Health at 845-364-2585.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert continue to warn residents of the widespread outbreak. The cases are rising dramatically each day, and it is expected this trend will continue.

“It is crucial that everyone stay home to curb the spread of this disease. Confirmed case numbers of COVID-19 continue to grow in Rockland as more people get tested; we all must take the proper precautions to protect ourselves and those most at risk. Your choices now and throughout this outbreak will make the difference between life and death for members of our community,” said Dr. Ruppert.

As of March 22, all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason, were required to be canceled or postponed. Additionally, all nonessential businesses were required to have all their workforce stay home. Essential businesses are described here.

Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout Rockland County and New York State, drastic precautions have been put into place. All Rockland residents have been asked to 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. To further reduce interaction with others, use delivery services or curbside pickup when possible. Stay away from other people as much as possible, following the recommendation of 6 feet (2 meters). It is important that everyone stay home, healthy or sick. Please consider any public site in Rockland as a potential site for COVID-19 exposure.

If you become mildly ill, stay home, and manage your symptoms. For residents who have symptoms indicative of COVID-19, contact your medical provider to discuss your symptoms. Do not dial 9-1-1 unless you have an immediate medical emergency.

“If you were tested at the mobile site at Anthony Wayne Recreational Area in Harriman State Park, you may access your test results directly through the BioReference Laboratories patient portal. Visit the Rockland County Department of Health’s COVID-19 page for information on how to do so,” said Dr. Ruppert.

Continue to practice good hygiene, including washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cover your cough and sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, and do not touch eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

If you have general COVID-19 concerns or any questions about COVID-19 testing, call the New York State Department of Health’s Novel Coronavirus 24-hour hotline at 1-888-364-3065 to speak with a NYSDOH expert who will answer questions. You may also call 211 for local COVID-19 information and resources, visit the county’s coronavirus webpage.

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