Monkeypox now a national health emergency — What that means for Johnson County

Johnson County health officials continue to stress that only one confirmed case of monkeypox has been found here. Image courtesy of Cynthia Goldsmith /CDC.

Following the Biden administration’s declaration earlier this month that the monkeypox virus is a national public health emergency, Johnson County health officials have been working to address the virus on a more local level — though risk levels currently remain low, they say.

How many local cases are there? The most recent county data still only shows that just one case of monkeypox has been confirmed in Johnson County.