Rockland health officials work to stop spread of measles on Election DayPosted: Updated:
Rockland County officials say they are doing everything they can to minimize the spread of measles on Election Day.
Officials are concerned that unvaccinated voters could spread the measles virus to unvaccinated students, or vice versa, at schools that are polling places.
The number of people in Rockland County infected with measles is now up to 47, with 10 more suspected cases.
County health officials asked all students who have not been vaccinated to stay home from school starting Monday. They also worked with school districts to make sure polling places have separate entrances and exits for voters. They also will thoroughly clean all election equipment.
Officials are primarily concerned about polling places in Monsey, Spring Valley and New Square, but want all county residents to be aware of the signs of measles and to be vaccinated as soon as possible.
Health officials also told residents that if they have any signs of measles, they should not be in public at all.