NYC Health Dept. shuts down Williamsburg preschool for disobeying emergency vaccination order

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April 15, 2019 - 4:52 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The New York City Department of Health has shuttered a preschool program at a yeshiva in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, after it failed to provide city officials with medical and attendance records of its students, in relation to the current measles outbreak in the neighborhood at Orthodox Jewish schools that prompted a municipal emergency order.

"That order requires child care programs to exclude unvaccinated students and staff and to maintain medical and attendance records on site and provide the Department with immediate access," the Health Department said.

The Health Department continued, "United Talmudical Academy (UTA), located at 75 Ross Street in Williamsburg, failed to provide access to those records, making it impossible for the Department to determine whether the child care program has been excluding children and staff as required. Health Department staff will monitor the school to ensure it is following the closure order and the center will not be allowed to reopen until its staff have submitted a corrective action plan approved by the Department."

Twenty-three yeshivas and day care programs have received Notice of Violations for not following the school exclusion order. UTA is the first school to be closed.

New York City has confirmed 329 measles cases since the outbreak began in the fall. There have also been outbreaks in Westchester and Rockland counties.

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