On Thursday, in response to the surge of the virus among the residents of the city, San Francisco officials called for a public health state of emergency due to monkeypox.
Mayor London Breed announced that 261 people have been reported with monkeypox infections; according to local health officials, the number will continue to grow; the emergency declaration will be implemented Monday.
“If there were any other community that was disproportionately impacted by monkeypox the way the gay community has been impacted, this whole country would be up in arms,” Breed pontificated.
Unlike the city’s reaction to COVID, when restrictions were ordered for the populace, San Francisco Health Officer Susan Philip said she had no plans for any closures or restrictions. She admitted that the trajectory of the number of infections “continues to go up,” adding, “as we know there are more cases that have yet to be diagnosed.” The first case was reported in the city on June 3.
“What the experts told us would happen has happened,” Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener acknowledged.
“San Francisco and Los Angeles appear to be the two most worrisome hotbeds of the monkeypox outbreak in California, which, as of July 21, had the second-highest number of reported cases in the nation, after New York, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” the Chronicle noted.
Tyler TerMeer, chief executive officer of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, ripped the federal government as he referenced the AIDS issue in the 1990s, saying, “We are once again in a moment of federal public health failure to cisgender and transgender men as well as nonbinary folks who have similar social and sexual networks.”
On March 5, 2020, San Francisco reported its first two cases of coronavirus. Less than one week later, San Francisco barred public gatherings of 1,000 people or more. The next day, San Francisco Unified School district announced all schools would imminently close for three weeks. On March 17, shelter in place orders were announced for San Francisco county. By April 17, San Francisco County announced that either masks or face coverings had to be worn when in public.