California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state emergency on Monday due to the current monkeypox outbreak.
The declaration in California came after a similar effort in New York state on Saturday, and in San Francisco on Thursday. Newsom’s administration had said on Friday that it was also going to declare such.
The alert was given to help the state health department amp up its vaccination, education and outreach activities in response to the virus, Newsom said.
“California is now 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 in a statement.
He continued, “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.”
The first outbreak of monkeypox was confirmed on May 25. The total count in the state is now 825 compared to 5811 cases in the whole country.
So far, California has administered 25,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine and received about 61,000 doses. The information was found in Newsom’s speech.