Monkeypox is spreading around New York State. There are now over 1,300 cases in 18 counties. Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a state of emergency in regards to the monkeypox outbreak in the state,

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. 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. It's especially important to recognize the ways in which this outbreak is currently having a disproportionate impact on certain at-risk groups. 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.

Gov. Hochul announced on Monday, July 25, 2022, that New York State approved Quest Diagnostics' application to conduct monkeypox testing.

New York State Has The Most Cases Of Monkeypox In The United States

Monkeypox is spreading around the United States and New York State has the most cases. Here's a look at what counties currently have cases.

 

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According to the Centers for Disease Control,

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder; and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.

 

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As of July 29, there were 5,189 known cases of monkeypox in the United States. New York State has the most cases in America, followed by California, Illinois, Florida, and Georgia, according to CDC data as of July 25, 2022, .

These 18 Counties In New York Have Monkeypox Cases:

As of July 29 2022, a total of 1,383 confirmed orthopoxvirus/monkeypox cases - a designation established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Broome County - 1 Case

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Niagara County - 1 Case

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Columbia County - 1 Case

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Greene County - 1 Case

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Albany County - 1 Case

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St. Lawrence County - 1 Case

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Chemung County - 1 Case

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Tompkins County - 2 Cases

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Sullivan County - 2 Cases

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Orange County - 3 Cases

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Dutchess County - 3 Cases

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Rockland County - 4 Cases

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Erie County - 4 Cases

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Monroe County - 6 Cases

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Nassau County - 8 Cases

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Suffolk County - 19 Cases

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Westchester County - 36

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New York City - 1,289 Cases

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The Symptoms and Signs of Monkey Pox

The New York Department of Health offers some tips on how New York residents, especially those with weakened immune systems, can prevent monkeypox,

- Ask your sexual partners whether they have a rash or other symptoms consistent with monkeypox.
- Avoid skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a rash or other monkeypox-related symptoms.
- If you are exposed or experience symptoms, make sure to reach out to a health care provider.

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These 7 Prisons Are The Most Violent In New York State

New York released a report with the most recent number of violent assaults on inmates in state prisons. There were 134 inmate deaths noted in the report, although it doesn't break down the prisons where each death occurred or who caused them. Here's a look at some of the general violent incidents reported for 2020, which is the most recent data reported by the state. Compared to 10 years ago, inmate assaults have almost doubled. In 2011 there were 666 and in 2020 there were 1,205 reported. These numbers do not include inmate assaults on staff members. Overall, the number of unusual incidents includes things like assaults, deaths, accidents, sexual misconduct, and disruptive behavior.  According to the state,
"The number of unusual incidents has increased 132% from 5,980 in 2011 to 13,870 in 2020. These higher incident numbers were largely due to increases in assaults on incarcerated individuals (+81%), assaults on staff (+86%), contraband (+130%), disruptive behavior (+372%), and staff use of weapons (+1,035%)."
  In 2020, 1,836 weapons used to cut or stab, including ice picks, razor blades, can lids and shanks were discovered in state prisons around New York.