Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — a 2020 presidential contender — released a statement of support on Saturday for the action Rockland County, a small suburb of Manhattan, is taking to combat the "horrible measles outbreak."

Driving the news: Rockland County declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, barring unvaccinated children under age 18 from countywide public spaces unless they are under 6 months or have a medical exemption. The community — which only had a 72.9% vaccination rate in people under 18 — is paying the price with 156 cases reported as of March 28.

"This outbreak is particularly dangerous to the most vulnerable among us, including infants who are not yet old enough to receive a vaccine, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other underlying health issues. We should be doing everything we can to end this public health crisis and educate New Yorkers about the importance of vaccines.”
— Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's statement

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Liberty University's Jerry Falwell Jr. agrees to “indefinite leave of absence”

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. in 2019. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Jerry Falwell Jr. will take an “indefinite leave of absence” from his roles as president and chancellor of Liberty University after posting a photo of himself with unzipped pants and an arm around a woman on social media, according to the school.

The state of play: The picture, which has since been deleted, drew backlash and charges of hypocrisy from conservative political figures because the university's honor code strictly prohibits students from having "sexual relations outside of a biblically-ordained marriage," and recommends they dress with“appropriateness” and “modesty."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 19,189,737 — Total deaths: 716,669 — Total recoveries — 11,610,192Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 4,917,050 — Total deaths: 160,702 — Total recoveries: 1,598,624 — Total tests: 59,652,675Map.
  3. Politics: White House recommends Trump issue executive orders on coronavirus aid.
  4. Education: Cuomo says all New York schools can reopen for in-person learning.
  5. Public health: Surgeon general urges flu shots to prevent "double whammy" with coronavirus.
  6. World: Africa records over 1 million coronavirus cases — Gates Foundation puts $150 million behind coronavirus vaccine production.

White House recommends Trump issue executive orders on coronavirus aid

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (L) and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speak to the media on Capitol Hill. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said President Trump should sign executive orders unilaterally addressing coronavirus stimulus spending after negotiations with congressional Democrats stalled again on Friday.

Why it matters: Friday was viewed as a self-imposed deadline to negotiate a new relief bill. But after an intense week of negotiations on Capitol Hill, White House and Democratic leadership failed to reach a deal on delivering much needed aid to Americans and businesses.