Weekly Update on Rhode Island’s Monkey Pox

On August 4, 2022, the Biden administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Since then, every state and Washington, DC have recorded cases of the virus, with the first death from monkeypox being confirmed in Texas on August 30. Although monkeypox is not a new disease — it was discovered in animals in 1958 and in humans in 1970 — the sudden influx of active cases poses a significant risk.

The main feature of the monkeypox virus is the skin rash or “pox” that infected individuals develop. Other symptoms include fever, chills, and swelling of the lymph nodes. Monkeypox is spread through close skin contact with an infected person or through contact with infected bodily fluids on surfaces; The virus can survive on surfaces for up to fifteen days. The CDC recommends getting the monkeypox vaccine if you are eligible, and communicating openly with close contacts and healthcare professionals if you or those close to you develop symptoms of monkeypox.

Stacker is collecting data from the CDC to study trends in monkeypox cases in Rhode Island. Read below to see how many cases your state has and how your state compares to the rest of the nation. Visit our case tracker to explore national trends or see state-level data for yourself.

Weekly Update on Rhode Island’s Monkey Pox

Rhode Island Statistics

– Cumulative cases since July 2022: 82
— Cumulative cases per million population: 74.8
– New cases in the last 7 days: 2
— New cases per million population: 1.8

Nationwide statistics

– Cumulative cases since July 2022: 28,995
— Cumulative cases per million population: 86.5
– New cases in the last 7 days: 120
— New cases per million people: 0.4

States with most cumulative cases per million as of July 2022

#1. Washington, DC: 522 cases (779.0 cases per million population)
#2. New York: 4,144 cases (208.9 cases per million population)
#3. Georgia: 1,942 cases (179.8 cases per million population)
#4. California: 5,547 cases (141.4 cases per million population)
#5. Florida: 2,784 cases (127.8 cases per million population)

Ryan Belmore is the owner and publisher of What’sUpNewp.
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012 and is proud to have been voted Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island and an Honorable Mention by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019 and 2020 the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and Community College of Rhode Island. As well as living in Newport for 10 years, he also lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville and East Greenwich.

Belmore is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Fort Adams Trust and a member of the Board of Directors of the Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the boards of Lucy’s Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife Jen currently reside in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about it here – https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal -News/

Belmore visits Newport every few weeks to support What’sUpNewp’s 12-plus salaried employees in Rhode Island, a place he has called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, the Society of Professional Journalists and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Dominque Award from the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County.
Belmore can be contacted at [email protected] and 401-662-1653.

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