Governor Hochul Declares State of Disaster Emergency in Response to Ongoing Monkeypox Outbreak – Cortland Voice

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Governor.ny.gov press release

Governor Kathy Hochul issued a Executive Decree declaring a state disaster emergency in response to the ongoing monkeypox outbreak. The executive order allows the state to respond more quickly to the outbreak and allows healthcare professionals to take additional steps that will help get more New Yorkers vaccinated.

“After reviewing the latest data on the monkeypox outbreak in New York State, I am declaring a state disaster emergency to bolster our ongoing aggressive efforts to deal with this outbreak,” said the Governor Hochul. “More than one in four cases of monkeypox in this country are in New York State, and we must use every tool in our arsenal to respond. It’s especially important to recognize how this outbreak currently has a disproportionate impact on some 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 executive order specifically expands the pool of eligible people who can administer monkeypox vaccines, including emergency medical services personnel, pharmacists, and midwives; allows physicians and certified nurse practitioners to issue non-patient-specific standing prescriptions for vaccines; and requires providers to send vaccine data to the New York State Department of Health.

Today’s announcement builds on New York State’s ongoing monkeypox response efforts, including efforts to secure more vaccines, increase testing capacity, and distribute the latest information and resources to New Yorkers. Yesterday Governor Hochul announcement that the federal government had secured an additional 110,000 doses of vaccine, for a total of 170,000 doses for New Yorkers to date. Governor Hochul and the Department of Health continue their ongoing coordination with the White House, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Administration for Strategic Preparedness & Response (ASPR) to ensure that New York continues to receive its fair share of vaccine supplies as soon as they become available, especially for New Yorkers in communities with high transmission rates.

Recently, New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett declared monkeypox an imminent threat to public health (ITPH) in New York State. Earlier this month, NYSDOH launched a new SMS notification efforts to bring the latest monkeypox information directly to New Yorkers. New Yorkers can sign up to receive text messages — which will include alerts about cases, symptoms, spread and resources for testing and vaccination — by texting “MONKEYPOX” to 81336 or “MONKEYPOXESP” for texts. in Spanish. By providing a zip code, New Yorkers can also sign up for location-based messages.

NYSDOH dedicated website, which stays up to date with the latest information, offers free downloadable materials including a palm map, information map, handout and posters available in English and Spanish. NYSDOH has already distributed these resources to LGBTQ+ organizations, local county health departments, healthcare providers, and businesses. NYSDOH also engaged in a paid digital advertising campaign to provide information to communities experiencing higher rates of monkeypox cases.

In addition to public outreach, the New York State Department of Health continues to focus on delivering vaccines to communities. Local county health departments that have been supplied administer the vaccine directly and establish their own appointment processes. Working in partnership with counties, New Yorkers who sign up for location-based alerts can receive alerts about vaccine availability, clinic locations, scheduling, and other smallpox-related updates from monkey specific to their region.

Earlier this month, NYSDOH, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH), hosted a Monkeypox Town Hall for community leaders led by State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett and City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan.

New Yorkers can learn more about New York State first allocation of vaccines from the federal government here and the second attribution here.

For more information on monkeypox, including case counts by county, treatment, and care, visit: health.ny.gov/monkeypox.

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