Court halts NY county's anti-measles emergency order

Henrietta Strickland
April 12, 2019

A NY state judge has issued a preliminary injunction against Rockland County's emergency order that banned kids from public places unless they have been vaccinated against measles.

Judge Rolf Thorsen on Friday put on hold the ban on unvaccinated people under age 18 in public places in Rockland County, New York.

The emergency order included schools, stores, churches and restaurants. The stakes? The health of our loved ones, " Day said on Facebook after the ban was lifted. But the judge said such an emergency order can not exceed five days - and in a population of 330,000 people, 166 cases over a span of six months does not constitute an "epidemic" requiring an emergency order.

Officials at Green Meadow Waldorf School say they have been complying with all county and state directives, and say there have been no cases of the measles throughout the outbreak. "The Health Commissioner's order was validated in Federal Court and supported by the NY State Department of Health. We are asking the judge to acknowledge that fact".

In February, the state Department of Health determined that an imminent threat to public health exists in Rockland County, based on the significant health risk and the rising number of measles cases.

As of April 5, Rockland County confirmed 167 measles infections linked to the outbreak, which started in October 2018.

"It continues to be our opinion that this measles outbreak was a valid reason for issuing the state of emergency", Day said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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