New York Gov. Kathy Hochul moved last week to officially declare a State Disaster Emergency due to the prevalence of monkeypox in her state.
According to Fox News, New York’s Democratic governor discussed the declaration in a statement she put out on Friday.
More than one in four monkeypox cases found in New York
“After reviewing the latest data on the monkeypox outbreak in New York State, I am declaring a State Disaster Emergency to strengthen our aggressive ongoing efforts to confront this outbreak,” Fox News quoted her as saying.
“More than one in four monkeypox cases in this country are in New York State, and we need to utilize every tool in our arsenal as we respond,” Hochul stated.
“It’s especially important to recognize the ways in which this outbreak is currently having a disproportionate impact on certain at-risk groups,” she continued.
“That’s why my team and I are working around the clock to secure more vaccines, expand testing capacity and responsibly educate the public on how to stay safe during this outbreak,” the governor stressed.
Dr. Mary T. Bassett serves as New York’s commissioner of health, and she issued a statement of her own which noted that gay men are at particular risk for contracting the disease.
“Based on the ongoing spread of this virus, which has increased rapidly and affected primarily communities that identify as men who have sex with men, and the need for local jurisdictions to administer vaccines, I’ve declared monkeypox an Imminent Threat to Public Health throughout New York State,” Bassett said.
She went on to say that the “declaration means that local health departments engaged in response and prevention activities will be able to access additional State reimbursement, after other Federal and State funding sources are maximized, to protect all New Yorkers and ultimately limit the spread of monkeypox in our communities.”
The guide advises those who may be infected to hide symptoms
Fox News revealed on Friday that both Spain and Brazil had reported monkeypox deaths, which are thought to be the first fatalities recorded outside of Africa.
Meanwhile, conservative journalist Andy Ngo tweeted out images of a guide produced by the San Francisco Aids Foundation which advised those who are unsure if they have monkeypox to conceal possible symptoms ahead of a gay festival.
“See a bump on your skin and worried that it might be monkeypox? If you’re not sure and you still want to go out tonight, cover it up with a bandaid or clothing before you go out,” it stated.