New City, NY, – Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announced that the 22nd annual YouthFest, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at the Rockland Community College Fieldhouse in Suffern, has been canceled.
“With great regret we have decided to cancel this year’s YouthFest and Rockland County Government Day,” said County Executive Day. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have made this decision based upon guidance provided by Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert and the Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH).”
Rockland County YouthFest attracts thousands of families from Rockland and the surrounding region. As part of YouthFest, Rockland County Government Day would have allowed visitors to view interactive demonstrations and informative displays and meet with over 25 Rockland County Government Departments, including the Youth Bureau, Fire and Emergency Services, County Executive’s Office, Social Services, Health, Public Transportation, Highways, Personnel and Board of Elections.
“Our primary concern is the health and safety of our residents, employees and vendors who were scheduled to attend. While there are still no cases of COVID-19 in Rockland County, we know it is only a matter of time before there is a positive case. I am once again reminding residents to adhere to the basics of good personal hygiene,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert.
Follow these prevention tips from the CDC to lessen your exposure to germs:
- 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.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
Residents with questions can call the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 to speak with a NYSDOH expert who will answer their questions, Monday – Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. After hours, you may leave a voicemail that will be returned.
The CDC and the RCDOH have not yet recommended a ban on large community events but the CDC has issued Interim Guidance which is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html