Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a monkeypox state of emergency in California Monday as the number of cases continues to increase, though at a much lower rate than has occurred with coronavirus.
Nathan Fletcher, chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, was quick to signal that “we are likely to align with the state in the coming days by making our own declaration.”
Newsom said his declaration will help the state coordinate a government-wide response, seek more vaccines and lead outreach and education efforts on where people can get treatment and vaccines.
He said the state will continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about reducing risk, and stand with the LGBTQ community in fighting stigmatization.
To date, San Diego County’s public health department has detected 27 cases of the disease in local residents, though the count is only updated once per week, on Fridays. Both Los Angeles and San Francisco updated their totals Monday, with 400 and 310 cases respectively.
Both continue to indicate in demographic breakdowns of their cases so far that local LGBTQ communities, and particularly men in those communities, are being hit the hardest.
To date, the state has distributed 25,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine out of a total of 61,000 doses received to date. More than 1,000 doses were given to at-risk individuals during recent vaccination events in San Diego.
The governor’s order said the state is “distributing its limited supply of the vaccine to local health jurisdictions based on a formula that considers current monkeypox cases and number of high-risk individuals.”