SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Monkeypox is currently spreading in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the country. Here's the latest on vaccine availability, cases and more.
Case count by county (including probable cases):
Alameda (including Berkeley): 58
Contra Costa: 18
San Francisco: 305
San Mateo: 11
Santa Clara: 46
Santa Cruz: 5
July 28, 2022
SF declares local health emergency over monkeypox
San Francisco officials announced a local public health emergency to strengthen the city's response to the monkeypox outbreak amid a rise in cases. On July 28, SFDPH reported an additional 20 monkeypox cases, bringing the total number of cases in San Francisco residents to 281. Here's the full story.
July 27, 2022
More monkeypox vaccine doses en route to SF
San Francisco's Department of Public Health says it was informed that the city will receive 4,220 monkeypox vaccine doses this week. It is still unclear when these doses will arrive, and officials say they will keep the public informed of when the Zuckerberg SF General clinic will open for walk-ins. For more info about appointments, go here.
Monkeypox disproportionately impacting Latino gay, bisexual men in Santa Clara Co., officials say
Santa Clara County released data showing the virus is disproportionately impacting Latino gay and bisexual men in the county. Officials opened the county fairgrounds for vaccination efforts.
Sen. Wiener calls for monkeypox state of emergency
Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released a statement calling on San Francisco and California to declare a state of emergency due to the growing monkeypox outbreak:
"Monkeypox is a public health crisis, and we need to treat it as such. In San Francisco alone, we have 222 cases - one of the highest rates in the United States. Given that spread and that Monkeypox is now being detected in our sewage, we know that cases are high and will continue to grow. Monkeypox is painful and isolating, and no one should have to experience it.
"Unfortunately, because our federal government failed to act quickly to acquire the vaccine supplies needed to prevent an outbreak, we are now in a public health emergency that is only going to escalate. Given that gay and bi men and trans people are the most impacted, it's sadly becoming clear that we are being left behind once again.
"That's why I'm calling on San Francisco and California to declare a State of Emergency. State of Emergency declarations will create significant flexibility around testing, contracting for services, and administration of vaccinations. It will allow us to use all the resources in our power to contain the outbreak. Right now, we don't have enough vaccines or testing, and we need flexibility to expand access to both. We have no time to waste: this is happening now, it's serious, and we need to do everything we can to contain it."
US signs off on 800,000 more doses of monkeypox vaccine
After weeks of delays, nearly 800,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine will soon be available for distribution, U.S. health regulators said Wednesday.
The announcement comes amid growing criticism that authorities have been too slow in deploying the vaccine, potentially missing the window to contain what could soon become an entrenched infectious disease. Get the full story here.
Monkeypox vaccine clinic to open at Steamworks in Berkeley
There are now more than 3,500 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the U.S., the most of any country in the world. Monkeypox cases nationwide have gone up by 33% in the past four days.
The vaccine clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital will be closed again Wednesday because of a shortage of shots. The city's health department says it has asked the federal government for 35,000 doses, but has only received 7,800.
The head of New York City's health department wants the World Health Organization to rename the virus. He says this would avoid "stigmatizing" patients who may be reluctant to seek care.
And Wednesday, a vaccine clinic will open at noon at Steamworks in Berkeley. There will be 300 doses given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
Another is planned next Wednesday, August 3.
July 26, 2022
1st possible case of monkeypox reported in Napa County
Napa County health officials announced Tuesday that they are investigating the county's first probable case of monkeypox.
The county resident preliminarily tested positive after being exposed in an area that currently has an outbreak and is seeking medical care. The case was subsequently reported to the Napa County Public Health Department.
The county and the resident, who is currently isolating, are awaiting confirmation testing from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The county did not disclose the location of the monkeypox outbreak where the resident was exposed.
Zuckerberg SF General monkeypox vaccine clinic closed due to lack of supply
Starting Tuesday, the monkeypox vaccine clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital will be closed until they get more vaccine. The Department of Public Health says it hasn't been told by the federal government what its vaccine allotment will be this week.
The agency has requested 35,000 doses. So far, it has received only 7,800.
Currently, there's only one lab that makes the vaccine, but it has agreed to license it to other manufacturers. On Monday, the hospital clinic gave out about 500 doses.
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