City closes another Williamsburg yeshiva that admitted unvaccinated students and staff

School’s out: The Health Department forced the Central UTA Boys Division at 762 Wythe Ave. in Williamsburg to shut its doors for allowing students and staff without vaccination records onto its campus on June 11.
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The city announced the closure of yet another Williamsburg yeshiva for violating the Health Commissioner’s measles order on Tuesday.

Central UTA Boys Division at 762 Wythe Ave. is the 10th school the Health Department shut for not complying with an April 9 order by Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, which she issued after the highly-contagious illness swept through Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish communities.

Her department shut down the northern Brooklyn school on June 11 for letting students and staff onto its campus despite not providing documentation that they’d been vaccinated, and the school will have to produce those records before they can reopen, according to the city agency.

The educational facility between Penn and Rutledge streets was also slapped with violations for not having an adequate staff-to-student ratio and for not providing the department with vaccination and attendance records within a deadline given by officials.

The health honcho’s order requires anyone above the age of six months living, working, or going to school in certain Williamsburg postal codes to get vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR).

Officials have to date confirmed 588 cases of the highly-contagious malady across the five boroughs since the outbreak began last October, three quarters of which occurred in the northern Brooklyn nabe.

The city started issuing summonses to people last week, sending them to 173 people across the city so far, with 68 of those having been cancelled after the violators presented proof that they’ve been vaccinated, according to the department.

Those who continue to defy the city’s orders face a first-time fine of $1,000, which doubles if they keep ignoring the summonses.

The number of infected New Yorkers does show signs of declining, according to Barbot, but she urged the public to continue to work with her department to stem the epidemic.

“School staff, parents, and health care providers need to continue playing their role in bringing this outbreak to an end,” said Barbot. “We’ve seen our weekly case counts decline, but the reality is, this outbreak is not over, and the Health Department will continue to use all the resources and strategies available to us. We urge anyone who can get vaccinated to do so.”

Measles is a highly contagious airborne pathogen that produces symptoms including fever, cough, and a runny nose, and can cause diarrhea, ear infection, pneumonia, encephalitis, and death — with about one of every 1,367 kids infected dying due to fatal complications from measles.

Symptoms can appear anytime from seven to 21 days following exposure, according to the Health Department.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 4:21 pm, June 12, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Local from Here says:
Sue these authoritarian fascists all the way to the Supreme Court if need be. When the Nazis are demanding to see your papers, resist.
June 12, 2019, 12:50 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
??????Local idiot thinks vaccines cause autism, story at 11??????
June 12, 2019, 12:58 pm
Section 8 says:
Stay out of people's religion, kitchen and bedroom.
June 12, 2019, 1:18 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Keep your non-vaccinated kids away from everyone else, we don't need an epidemic. Also, religion is colossal a waste of time.
June 12, 2019, 1:59 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
This needs to happen more often and with no hesitation. The threat to public safety isn't something a "religious exemption" can supersede.
June 12, 2019, 2:04 pm
Local from Here says:
Aww the liddle snowflake is afraid of a tiny rash. Measles would be good for you, maybe you will develop a thicker skin and stop whining all the time.
June 12, 2019, 2:37 pm
Somebody from Somewhere says:
This is what happens when you give certain people special treament. They're so busy trying push off vaccinating everyone else's children except for these kosher kids. Now look at this mess they've made.
June 12, 2019, 5:21 pm
Somebody from Somewhere says:
June 12, 2019, 5:21 pm
Fortecia James from Easy New York says:
No one knows what causes measles!
June 12, 2019, 6:39 pm
Section 8 says:
Aids more dangerous.
June 12, 2019, 7:40 pm
Local from Here says:
??Look at how easy it is to torment the drooling idiot when it’s not medicated.?? What a sad existence it lives.
June 12, 2019, 10:11 pm
Stunned Reader from Brooklyn says:
Doesn't anyone moderate these comments? How about this: "You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site."
June 13, 2019, 8:55 am
section 8 says:
Religious people who attend services are happier and live longer. It wouldn't hurt some people to try it.
June 13, 2019, 9:06 am
The Right Message from NY© says:
You can't hide behind fake religions when it comes to others. While you have the right to waste your time following the falsehood of your choice, you shouldn't be allowed to skirt the law that pertains to everyone.
June 13, 2019, 9:47 am
Ken from Greenpoint says:
many people on this blog are jobless, get a life will ya...
June 13, 2019, 1:16 pm
Ed from Koch says:
Really Ken? Does your boss know he is paying you to post messages during the middle of a work day?
June 13, 2019, 2:15 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Ken can barely construct a coherent sentence. I doubt his boss is concerned about his burger flipping capabilities.
June 13, 2019, 3:35 pm
Rommel from bensonhurst says:
Taxpayers funding should cease as long as the yeshivas are closed.
June 14, 2019, 8:42 am

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