Local State of Emergency Declared in LA County for Monkeypox

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation Tuesday morning declaring Monkeypox a local emergency.

Supervisor Holly Mitchell said the proclamation was made to bolster the county’s response to the monkeypox outbreak.

“This proclamation is critical to helping us stay ahead of this virus,” City News Service said in a statement.

The LA County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday morning to ratify the proclamation and seek recovery assistance under the California Disaster Assistance Act.

LA County 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger said she believes the proclamation will have full board support.

“It is vital for us to get the resources so that we can do all hands on deck… To date, to our knowledge, there have been no deaths from Monkeypox. I understand it’s very painful, but I’m going to tell people not to panic,” Barger said.

California has confirmed nearly 800 cases of Monkeypox, nearly half of them in Los Angeles County.

Several pop-up vaccine clinics have already opened in LA County, and another one is set to open at the West Hollywood Library on Wednesday.

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Monday over the growing number of Monkeypox cases.

“California is urgently working at 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 those most at risk are our focus for vaccines, treatment and outreach. Newsom said in a statement.

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