One day after Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency for the Monkeypox outbreak in California, San Diego County has followed suit.
During a conference on Tuesday, San Diego County officials declared Monkeypox a Local Health Emergency. In a statement, the county said that a meeting will be held by San Diego County Chair Nathan Fletcher, Vice Chair Nora Vargas, Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten, Deputy Public Health Officer Dr. Ankita Kadakia, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric McDonald, and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria to “cover the latest developments, including updated numbers, community outreach, vaccine projections and distribution plans, the expected significant ongoing shortage of vaccines, health and harm reduction education, treatment and planning for the future."
As of Monday, August 1, 827 people have been diagnosed with Monkeypox in California, 27 of those occuring in San Diego County. Officials expect the number of cases in San Diego to increase over the days and week to come.