The Commissioner of Health of Nassau County just called me and asked for our assistance regarding eight cases of newly diagnosed COVID-19 in our community in campers returning from Camp Shoresh in Pennsylvania. In addition, many other campers there had symptoms and were not tested for COVID-19. The Pennsylvania Department of Health is already involved as well.
Based on significant concerns that the governor and the NY State Department of Health have regarding this exposure, they have asked, and I fully agree, that all campers returning from that camp self-quarantine immediately. All family members exposed to those campers likewise should be quarantined pending further evaluation.
As I mentioned, the governor himself is aware and has expressed great concern about this exposure and the potential this might have regarding delaying school openings.
It is critical that we do everything possible to abort this potential outbreak before it spreads further and potentially impacts school opening.
These campers and all exposed family members should not be attending shul or any community events, and should be quarantined in their houses. Medical advice and COVID-19 testing should be sought as appropriate.
Please spread this information to your congregations.
Thank you, may Hashem help us stem this potential serious outbreak.
Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt