Welcome to Gothamist’s monkeypox statistics page!
- Cases have declined steeply in New York City. Health providers are diagnosing about a dozen new cases per day, down from more than 70 at the peak in July.
- With 3,914 confirmed infections to date, New York state still has the second-highest total of monkeypox cases in the nation. California is ahead of New York with almost 4,900.
- Vaccine disparities persist, particularly for Black New Yorkers, who make up almost a third of the eligible population but have gotten just 13% of the shots.
In May of this year, New York City identified its first case of monkeypox, an infectious disease caused by the virus of the same name. Two months later, the region became the epicenter of monkeypox in the United States, prompting city officials to declare the outbreak a public health emergency. Since then, though, new cases have slowed as vaccinations soared.
During this episode, the city has weathered vaccine shortages, technical hiccups with health websites and alleged retribution in the health department as it adds yet another public health threat to its already overloaded plate. Because the current outbreak has mainly affected LGBTQ+ New Yorkers, it’s exposing preexisting gaps in the health care system that often serves this community. The virus may also be reshaping the definition of a sexually transmitted infection.
The good news is that city, state and federal governments are all sharing some form of monkeypox data. We’ll compile the most useful datasets here to help you keep track of the outbreak and stay safe.
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Right now, New Yorkers can only get tested for monkeypox at their doctor’s office or an urgent care, so the city’s case total is almost certainly an undercount. But the data we do have shows that positive tests peaked in late July at around 70 cases per day on average. They’ve since declined to just 12 new infections per day.
Anyone can get monkeypox, but the current outbreak has overwhelmingly affected gay and bisexual men. The city has also recorded a handful of cases among transgender and nonbinary New Yorkers.
People in these communities are less likely than other New Yorkers to have a regular primary care provider, making it harder for them to get tested and treated for monkeypox.
Vaccines and Vaccine Eligibility
New York City has prioritized communities currently at higher risk for the virus in its rollout of the JYNNEOS vaccine for monkeypox, which was in extremely short supply at the outbreak’s start.
The eligible people must meet all of the following criteria:
- Gay, bisexual, or other man who has sex with men, and/or transgender, gender-nonconforming, or nonbinary
- Age 18 or older
- Have had multiple or anonymous sex partners in the last 14 days
Vaccines are also available to sex workers and close contacts of people who’ve tested positive for monkeypox.
The city has switched to a new method for administering the vaccine, which can stretch the supply but requires special training and supplies.
City data suggests that Black New Yorkers are undervaccinated compared to their share of the at-risk population. The city has promised $5 million to community groups to help close this gap, but it may be a long time before these organizations are reimbursed.
Right now, California and New York lead the nation in monkeypox cases. But Florida, Texas and other populous states are also contending with outbreaks.