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NEW: California Governor Gavin Newsom Declares Monkeypox State of Emergency

California Governor Gavin Newsom is the latest Democrat to declare a monkeypox state of emergency.

Newsom on Monday declared a state of emergency over monkeypox.

“As part of the state’s ongoing response to the monkeypox outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom today declared a State of Emergency to bolster the state’s vaccination efforts. The proclamation supports the work underway by the California Department of Public Health and others in the administration to coordinate a whole-of-government response to monkeypox, seek additional vaccines and lead outreach and education efforts on accessing vaccines and treatment.” the Office of Governor Newsom announced on Monday.

“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,” said Governor Newsom. “We’ll continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about reducing risk, and stand with the LGBTQ community fighting stigmatization.” – Newsom said.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Monday declared a monkeypox state of emergency.

Adams’ emergency declaration comes after Governor Hochul issued a state of emergency for the state of New York.

NYC currently makes up 25% of the US’s monkeypox cases.

“We are continuing to see the numbers rise,” Mayor Adams said in a statement. “This order will bolster our existing efforts to educate, vaccinate, test, and treat as many New Yorkers as possible and ensure a whole-of-government response to this outbreak.”

Per CDC, monkeypox is transmitted by symptomatic individuals through close contact with lesions, bodily fluids, or respiratory secretions and objects that have had contact with lesion crusts or bodily fluids, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex.

San Francisco last Thursday also declared a state of emergency over monkeypox.

The mayor of San Francisco declared a state of emergency after the city reported 261 cases of monkeypox.

The kink and fetish festival for gay men dubbed “Up Your Alley” still pressed on this weekend despite monkeypox spreading like wildfire in the gay community in San Francisco.

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