As of September 1, 2022, there are 450 total cases of monkeypox virus (MPV) in Washington state. In our region, Snohomish has 15, Whatcom has 1, and Island has 1.
North Sound ACH staff Heather McGuinness (Public Health Liaison) and Michaela Vendiola (Tribal & Community Liaison) have compiled a list of Tribal, state, county and other public health resources, as well as anti-stigma literature.
You can also call 1-833-829-HELP for answers about MPV risk factors, vaccine information, testing and treatment, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and observed state holidays. In addition to calling 1-833-829-HELP, callers can continue to dial 1-800-525-0127 and press # to be transferred to a Washington 211 specialist. Language assistance is available in 240 languages. Call takers will not be able to schedule vaccine appointments.
The best thing you can do to protect yourself against MPV is to know the risks and take precautions. Despite misinformation, anyone who has close contact with a person with an infectious rash can get MPV; it is not exclusive to any community. MPV can also spread through touching objects, fabrics and surfaces that have been used by someone with MPV, and contact with respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact. If you have an unexplained rash, cover it, avoid skin-to-skin contact with others, and see a health care provider. They will determine what testing and treatment may be available.
View our North Sound MPV resource spreadsheet, and send us your suggestions to include in this spreadsheet by emailing Team@NorthSoundACH.org.