California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, declared a State of Emergency Monday in response to the Monkeypox outbreak in the Golden State.
“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,” Gov. Newsom made the statement in a statement. “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 emergency declaration is intended to increase vaccinations and outreach efforts.
According to the California Department of Public Health, 786 Monkeypox cases had been reported in California as of July 28th. The vast majority of these people are men who have had sex with other men.
California has administered 25,000 doses of the Monkeypox vaccine and plans to make additional doses available in the coming days, the governor’s office said.
Last week, the state had increased its testing capacity by more than 1,000 tests per day.
“CDPH is also scheduling listening sessions with the LGBTQ community. CDPH is currently running paid ad campaigns on various digital media platforms to promote awareness and engage communities at higher risk of contracting monkeypox.”