On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency in California in hopes of curbing the Monkeypox outbreak.
827 people have been diagnosed with Monkeypox (as of August 1, 2022). California has already administered 25,000 doses of the Monkeypox vaccine, and is processing over 1,000 tests per week. The emergency declaration will hopefully prompt more testing and help the state secure more vaccines.
“California is working urgently across all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, leveraging our robust testing, contact tracing and community partnerships strengthened during the pandemic to ensure that those most at risk are our focus for vaccines, treatment and outreach,” Newsom said. “We’ll continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about reducing risk, and stand with the LGBTQ community fighting stigmatization.”