Activist Justice Horn Helps Kansas City Combat Monkeypox Outbreak

Even as the COVID pandemic fades . . . Public health issues continue to confront Kansas City and right now we want to focus on a bit of good news featuring a rising star local leader working to keep locals safe. 

In this latest note, activist Justice Horn not only shares a glimpse at his busy schedule but also provides EXCEPTIONAL data on the efforts to curb the spread of monkeypox in Kansas City.

Here's the word . .

"Since September, the LGBTQ Commission has met bi-weekly with the Health Department on the impact monkeypox may have on the LGBTQ+ community. Due to the power of collaboration, healthcare providers, and community—confirmed cases never exceeded 40 people at any given time.

"As of today, there are 28 confirmed cases out of the 508,090 residents of Kansas City. With that, I was proud to be at the health department earlier today to film a video urging folks to continue to get vaccinated.

"There’s plenty of work to be done in this fight and there’s still plenty of supply—so get vaccinated! My biggest thanks goes to those doing this vital work! 💕"

The update is welcomed given so much misinformation and conspiracy theories regarding most public health topics. 

For a time there was a great deal of fear about this virus spreading throughout the metro along with tragic reactionary tropes that sought to stigmatize people who were battling one of many plagues out there in 2022. 

Moreover . . . 

The note reminds us that outbreaks don't just disappear but ALWAYS require the work of healthcare providers and community leaders to protect the public. 

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