Governor Newsom Declares State of Emergency for Monkeypox
Earlier this week, Governor Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency as part of the state’s ongoing response to the monkeypox virus. The proclamation supports work already underway by the state and local partners to implement a coordinated response to the virus, including securing additional vaccines and conducting outreach and education on prevention and treatment.
The state estimates a need of at least 600,000 to 800,000 additional vaccine doses to mitigate the spread of the virus, but has only received about 61,000 doses as of August 1. U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla sent a letter to the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra last week, urging the federal administration to fulfill California’s vaccine request. As of August 2, there are 1,135 probable and confirmed cases of monkeypox in California.
The California State Senate also announced the formation of the Senate Select Committee on Monkeypox, chaired by Senator Scott Wiener. The committee will hold its first oversight hearing on August 9 at 1:30 p.m. in Sacramento and will include state and local health officials. Senator Weiner, joined by a collation of members of the Legislature, recently submitted a supplemental state budget appropriation request for $38.5 million to aid county response to monkeypox.
Although rarely deadly, monkeypox poses a serious public health concern due to its similarity to smallpox and its ability to spread from infected humans, animals, and materials contaminated with the virus. CSAC will continue to work with local public health officials to ensure adequate resources are provided to prevent and mitigate outbreaks.
Those wanting to learn more about monkeypox transmission, symptoms, and prevention can visit the California Department of Public Health’s webpage.