The New York City Department of Health has declared monkeypox a public health emergency as New York Gov. Kathy Hochul similarly issued a state of disaster declaration about the virus.
With the declaration on July 30, New York City is now the second U.S. city after San Francisco to issue such an order for the virus, which officials have said is mostly spreading among gay and bisexual males.
The declaration will take effect immediately, and was essentially issued to free up more funds and resources to address the virus.
"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," she 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."
On July 28, San Francisco became the first major U.S. city to declare a monkeypox-related emergency to deal with rising cases and high demand for the vaccine. The declaration is set to go into effect on Aug. 1.
“That means making safe choices for yourself and others, for men who have sex with men,” Tedros said on July 27. “This includes, for the moment, reducing your number of sexual partners.”