What are they saying?: Gov. JB Pritzker (D) declared a state of emergency to “expand resources and coordinate efforts of state agencies in responding to, treating and preventing the spread” of the virus, he said in a declaration.
- Pritzker also noted that monkeypox has disproportionately affected the LGBTQ+ community and that the state “will ensure that the LGBTQ+ community has the resources they need to stay safe, ensuring that members are not stigmatized as they have access to critical health care”.
From the numbers: Illinois has recorded 520 cases of monkeypox as of Monday, according to State Department of Public Health.
- In comparison, the city of San Francisco has identified 305 cases, with California reporting a total of 786.
- Meanwhile, New York State, reported 1,472 cases as of Monday.
What is expected next?: US health officials said last week that 800,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine will be soon to be made available for distribution.