Effective midnight, Wednesday Mar. 27, anyone under the age of 18 and unvaccinated against measles will be barred from public places in Rockland County until they receive the MMR vaccination or when the declaration expires in 30 days.
Rockland county, five miles north-west of New York City, announced the measure on Tuesday afternoon after recording 153 cases of measles since October.
Due to come into effect at midnight Wednesday for 30 days, it appears to be the most radical step by USA officials following outbreaks in several regions blamed on an anti-vaccination movement.
Day said the focus will be on parents who do not get their children vaccinated.
"We must do everything in our power to end this outbreak and protect the health of those who can not be vaccinated for medical reasons and that of children too young to be vaccinated, and also those who are at risk, as I mentioned earlier", said Mr Day.
Months later, the parents of more than 40 banned children at Green Meadow Waldorf School sued the Rockland County health department, asking a federal judge to allow the students to return to class.
"Our health inspectors have been hung up on and told not to call again". "This type of response is unacceptable and frankly irresponsible".
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The declaration was given under the New York State Executive Law. Day echoed that message, noting celebrities who have spoken out against vaccines.
And that the cases "are linked to travelers who brought measles back from other countries such as Israel and Ukraine, where large measles outbreaks are occurring".
"Every action we have taken since the beginning of this outbreak has been created to maximize vaccinations and minimize exposures".
In 2018, 17 outbreaks were reported throughout the USA, including six throughout New York State and three in New Jersey, most of which started in Orthodox Jewish communities in those states.
Day said there is no religious exemption from the vaccine, and that local Orthodox rabbis have joined the compliance effort.
It is the latest region of the United States to take drastic steps to counter the virus, with the spike in measles cases leading to concerns that anti-vaccine parents may be putting their children at risk. "We need people to help protect everyone in the community", Lyon said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists six measles outbreaks, defined as three or more cases, around the country in 2019, including Rockland County's. There were 372 cases in 2018, more than triple the number the previous year.