PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Thursday morning, Washington State health officials gave a press conference about monkeypox within the state. While cases have been slowly increasing, officials are working hard to make sure that testing and vaccines are available to those who need them.

On May 23, the first confirmed case of monkeypox in Washington was reported in Seattle. State health authorities worked quickly to establish an incident management team to help keep track of cases and to monitor the spread of the virus.

As of Thursday, there are 166 confirmed cases of monkeypox within the state, most of which are located in King County.

Currently, the state is focused on getting vaccines to at-risk groups, immunocompromised and those who have been exposed to the virus. While not deadly in most cases, it can be serious for those at risk.

Health officials are also working hard to reduce the stigma around the virus. Right now, it is disproportionately affecting the LGBTQ+ community, but officials want it to be known that anyone can get monkeypox, so it is important to promote it as a virus that affects all.

Case numbers are expected to rise in the coming weeks, but officials say this is normal with any virus and not to worry.

As of right now, over 6,800 first doses of the vaccine have been distributed, and the state will continue to distribute as more become available.

Both Washington and Oregon have yet to declare a health emergency. Oregon health officials confirm that they are working hard to make vaccines accessible and available to those who need them.

For more information and to stay up to date on the monkeypox virus in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health website, and for information about Oregon, visit the Oregon Health Authority website.

The full press conference can be watched below: