What does California’s state of emergency for monkeypox mean? Officials explain

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — It is a public health crisis that has now reached statewide response. Just behind New York and Illinois, California has become the third state in the country to sound the alarm about monkeypox.

“We are loudly declaring that we have an emergency here,” State Assemblyman Matt Haney said.

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What does the state of emergency actually change? We went to the state level to speak to Assemblyman Haney.

“By declaring a state of emergency, we are telling the federal government that we need help. We need support, but we are also putting in place the infrastructure, the personnel. The treatment resources and the educational resources in place so that we are ready to respond,” Haney said. .

In other words, counties across the state will be able to accelerate their efforts to fight the outbreak.

Another key aspect of this statement is that it opens the door for counties and cities to get reimbursed for their efforts.

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“Part of my hope is that there will be reimbursement for expenses related specifically to monkeypox,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed said.

Just yesterday, San Francisco’s state of health emergency went into effect. Hundreds of people lined up at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, many leaving without a vaccine.

The state of emergency will allow more medical professionals to administer the vaccine, but that does not mean California will receive more vaccines.

“I’m very worried. I think the cases are going to go up significantly before they start to go down,” said Dr. Grant Colfax, director of Public Health San Francisco.

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According to CDC data, California is just behind New York with the highest number of infections.

California has 827 cases of Monkeypox. Even before Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency, the federal government was prioritizing places with the most cases. Today San Francisco got a call.

“Just today, I’m happy to share some news. San Francisco has learned that we will be receiving over 10,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine this week. That’s great news. That’s more than double what we’ve received in the previous weeks. It’s obviously still not enough,” said Dr. Colfax.

Under California’s state of emergency, pharmacists will also be able to vaccinate people against monkeypox, but again, supply is limited and at this time the state is only giving out vaccines. only to local health jurisdictions.

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