Hispanic/Latin Population Hardest Hit By Monkeypox

MID HUDSON VALLEY — Ninety-four of the confirmed monkeypox cases across 16 counties pose the highest risk among the Hispanic and Latino population, who accounted for 35 percent of all cases last week despite only being 20 percent of the statewide population, reported the Times Union .

The earliest known cases began to present themselves in June at the Open Door Family Medical Centers in Westchester County, where officials are now working to improve awareness of the disease to people from that group, said Open Door’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Daren Wu to the Times Union.

“It’s just concerning and sad, and I think that’s one of the areas to try to reach those communities at a wider level,” Wu said, noting phone calls to at-risk patients seeking to find undiagnosed cases and urge vaccination against monkeypox to the Times Union.

Monkeypox has become such a dire threat in the Empire State, Gov. Hochul declared a state disaster emergency last Friday night.

“After reviewing the latest data on the monkeypox outbreak in New York State, I am declaring a State Disaster Emergency to strengthen our aggressive ongoing efforts to confront this outbreak,” Hochul said in a statement. “More than one in four monkeypox cases in this country are in New York State, and we need to utilize every tool in our arsenal as we respond.”

New York has the most monkeypox cases — 1,390 — than any other state, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The state with the second highest cases is California with 827, the CDC reported.

“It’s especially important to recognize the ways in which this outbreak is currently having a disproportionate impact on certain at-risk groups, Hochul said. “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.”

As of last Thursday, the federal government secured 170,000 vaccines for New Yorkers, Hochul added.

Overall, Westchester received 4,540 doses prior to the new shipments that came in on Friday. While clinics require appointments, county health officials have enough doses to accommodate those seeking shots, Catherine Cioffi, the Westchester County Executive spokeswoman, told Yahoo News.

Monkeypox Vaccine appointments are available from:

  • Westchester Medical Center, 15 Oval Connector, Valhalla. Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, appointment required. Call (914) 326-2060 to schedule an appointment.
  • White Plains Monkeypox Vaccine Clinics, 134 Court St. Mondays and Wednesdays. Appointments are required. Mondays and Wednesdays. Appointments are required.

The first case of monkeypox in Westchester was announced on July 14, according to the Examiner News.

There were also 27 cases confirmed in Westchester as of July 25, Patch reported.

Two months ago there was also a case in Rockland County, according to Patch.

Currently lawmakers are urging Pres. Joe Biden to declare monkeypox a nationwide emergency. The CDC said there are 5,811 cases across the country as of Tuesday.

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