County declares local health emergency for monkeypox | News

Today, local public health and elected officials declared a local health emergency for the monkeypox response in the San Diego area.

The measure does not indicate that San Diegans are at greater risk of contracting the virus, but it is meant to reassure the public that local health authorities are working proactively to stay on top of any challenges that may arise. The local health emergency must be endorsed within 7 days, by the county board of supervisors, after which it must be endorsed again every 30 days, as needed.

“Our county has taken monkeypox seriously from the start and these efforts will continue,” said County Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher, who was joined by elected officials to announce the announcement. “Today, the county is declaring a local monkeypox health emergency to align our efforts with California’s approach. This will also allow us to strengthen our county’s vaccination, prevention, education, and treatment initiatives.”

The declaration of a state of emergency authorizes the county to:

  • More effective response to monkeypox
  • Find and use state resources to administer the vaccine
  • Leverage public health infrastructure related to testing, contact tracing and case investigation, as well as community outreach and engagement
  • Ensure that county health professionals and other local stakeholders have all the necessary tools at their disposal

“All of these strategies have been developed and strengthened during the COVID-19 response,” said Wilma Woten, MD, MPH, county public health officer. “To prevent the spread of monkeypox infection on a community scale, the key is prevention, and that includes vaccinations.”

The county has already taken multiple measures to deal with this emerging threat. She has worked with the LGBTI community to develop messages and educational materials and manage the limited number of vaccines coming into the area. The county is also reaching out to other local jurisdictions and community organizations.

The county has organized a forum, group vaccination clinics, and many other outreach efforts. To date, 3,987 doses of monkeypox vaccine have been received in San Diego County.

As of August 1, a total of 46 confirmed and probable cases have been reported. Only one patient required hospitalization and there were no deaths. All cases are males and their ages range between 27 and 58 years. The number of cases in the region will now be updated daily, Monday through Friday.

A patient receives the monkeypox vaccine at a recent vaccination event.

Two vaccination events have already taken place, with more than 1,400 monkeypox vaccinations administered over a four-day period. The county has also made vaccine doses available to local health care providers. Some doses of the monkeypox vaccine are also available at county public health centers and STD clinics.

The county also distributed 110 courses of tecovirimat, a drug used to treat monkeypox, to local health care organizations and county clinics.

Due to the scarcity of the monkeypox vaccine and as directed by the California Department of Public Health, the county is focusing on providing the first doses to as many high-risk people as possible. For the current outbreak, this includes men who have sex with multiple male partners and who have been in contact with reported cases. The district’s approach is in line with strategies in other large jurisdictions with monkeypox outbreaks, including New York City and San Francisco.

The state allocates vaccines to counties on the basis of The number of monkeypox, as well as the number of early syphilis cases in men reported in the area.

The county has also set up a text message alert system to send real-time information to San Diegans about monkeypox in the area. To sign up to receive messages, text COSD MONKEYPOX to 468-311. A social media education and messaging campaign is currently underway to raise awareness about monkeypox.

For more information about monkeypox, how to prevent it, and who should be vaccinated, visit the county monkeypox website. website Or call 2-1-1.

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