On Monday, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a state of emergency to assist contain the monkeypox outbreak.
Getty Images/Scott Olson Due to outbreaks of monkeypox, the governors of Illinois and California both proclaimed states of emergency on Monday.
“Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious illness that demands the full mobilization of all available public health resources to prevent the spread,” Pritzker said in a statement. . This is the reason I’m announcing a state of emergency: “It will help us promptly prevent and treat the disease by ensuring efficient communication between state agencies and all levels of government.”
HEALTH Declaring a state of emergency frequently facilitates the planning and coordination of the various departments involved in the emergency response. It entails using cash set aside for emergencies as well as allocating greater resources to testing opportunities and immunizations, including who can administer them.
In order to aid the state health department in California increase its outreach, education, and immunization efforts in response to the virus, Newsom said in a statement.
“California is working urgently across all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “We are utilizing 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.”
We’ll keep collaborating with the federal government to get more vaccines, spread knowledge about risk reduction, and support the LGBTQ community in its fight against stigma, he added.
California and Illinois have joined New York in attempting to combat these epidemics at the state level with their statements.
A total of 1,390 5,811 cases of monkeypox infections have been reported statewide, with another 827 instances in California and 520 cases in Illinois.
According to Governor Newsom, 25,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccination have been given and received in California to date.