New York and San Francisco Declare Emergencies concerning Monkeypox Outbreaks
New York has recorded 1,400 cases and San Francisco is home to 261 cases out of 800 total California cases...
Kathy Hochul, the Governor of New York, has declared the rapid spread of Monkey Pox in the state a disaster emergency. Infection counts in the state have reached nearly 1,400 cases with the majority of the cases specified in NYC. Kathy Hochul said, "More than one in four monkeypox cases in this country are in New York State, and we need to utilize every tool in our arsenal as we respond.”
The WHO also declared the virus a global health emergency last week and as of Wednesday of this week, nearly 20,000 cases of Monkey Pox have been detected throughout 77 countries. In the United States alone, 4,600 cases have been reported.
New York state’s order specifically extends the pool of eligible individuals who can administer vaccines such as EMS personnel, pharmacists, and midwives. The order will also allow physicians and certified nurse practitioners to issue non-patient-specific standing orders for vaccines and require providers to send vaccine data to the New York Health Department.
New York isn’t the only area in the United States implementing the declaration of a state of emergency. In San Francisco, the mayor declared a state of emergency on Thursday as cases have been rising with the city being home to 261 of 800 statewide cases. Mayor London Breed said, "We are in desperate need of vaccines to support the people of San Francisco."
Health officials at the federal level have indicated the possibility of declaring Monkey Pox as a public health emergency. This move would free up more resources but many speculate the citizens of the United States are not willing to go through a Covid v2. Earlier this month, however, the United States struggled to obtain enough vaccines as national distribution has reached 780,000 doses. In New York, 110,000 doses have been received.