Rockland County in New York Warns Residents They ‘May Have Been Exposed’ to Coronavirus After Two Caterers Test Positive

Temple Young Israel in New Rochelle / Credit: Douglas Healey

The Rockland County Health Department warned residents Sunday that they “may have been exposed” to coronavirus if they attended events in Monsey where two virus-positive people worked.

Two caterers from Ramapo tested positive for the illness after working a pair of gatherings in Monsey: one from Feb. 28 into the 29th at 150 Remsen Ave., which houses a synagogue, and the other March 2 at the Atrium Ballroom, a catering hall.

At least one of the caterers had worked a funeral Feb. 22 or a bat mitzvah Feb. 23 at the Temple Young Israel of New Rochelle in Westchester County, where a lawyer who has been linked to the majority of New York’s positive cases is a member.

The workers’ cases are Rockland’s only two positive cases so far.

County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert cautioned in an e-mail that anyone who went to either event in Monsey “may have been exposed to coronavirus.

“It was previously believed that these infected individuals had not worked as caterers during these events and it was only through the detective work of one of our investigators that this discovery was made,” Ruppert said in a statement.

“Any person who believes they may have been exposed should contact their health care provider by phone right away. I also ask that anyone who becomes ill with this disease be completely forthcoming with our investigators, it is only with your help that we can prevent the spread of this disease.”

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SOURCE: New York Post, Bernadette Hogan and Ben Cohn