Courtesy of WRCR.
New York’s governor Friday declared a state of emergency over polio to help boost vaccination rates as the virus appears to be spreading in communities beyond Rockland and Orange Counties. Polio has now been detected in the wastewater in Sullivan and Nassau Counties. The emergency declaration will allow more facilities to administer the vaccine, including pharmacists, midwives and EMS workers. The health department says while the state’s polio vaccination average is about 79%, it’s 60% in Rockland, 58% in Orange, 62% in Sullivan. Nassau checks in at the statewide average.