Illinois, California Declare State of Emergency Over Monkeypox Outbreak

Illinois and California declared a state of emergency on Aug. 1 to combat the growing monkeypox outbreak.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that he declared a state of emergency “to expand the resources and coordination efforts of state agencies” in response to the spread of the monkeypox virus.

“We have seen this virus disproportionately impact the LGBTQ+ community in its initial spread. In Illinois, we will ensure our LGBTQ+ community has the resources they need to stay safe while ensuring members are not stigmatized as they access critical health care,” Pritzker said in a statement.

California Governor Gavin Newsom also declared a state of emergency to boost vaccination efforts in the state.

Newsom said that the proclamation allows Emergency Medical Services personnel to administer monkeypox vaccines approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

“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 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 [in] fighting stigmatization,” Newsom added.

California ranks second in terms of most number of confirmed monkeypox cases in the U.S. with 827 while Illinois ranks third with 520, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The state of New York, which declared a state of emergency last week, has the highest number of monkeypox cases with 1,390.

In total, the United States has recorded 5,811 monkeypox cases so far.

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