On Sunday, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global health emergency. The classification is the highest alert the WHO can declare. According to the BBC, the WHO declared an emergency due to the outbreak and rapid spreading worldwide. As of Saturday, 16,000 positive cases and 5 deaths have been reported from 75 countries. Symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, rashes, lesions, high fevers, and other flu-like symptoms. A vaccine developed for smallpox offers protection against the disease.
Last Friday, Governor Hochul announced the second round of grants for abortion service providers. $15 million will be provided to multiple abortion services in Western New York, The Southern Tier, and New York City, which may face the most challenges in providing abortion services. According to The Center Square, applications for the grants are eligible for $300,000 in funding and can receive an additional $50,000 for each location they operate. Applications are due August 12th. In addition to the funding for service providers, another $10 million has been allocated to bolster security at abortion clinics.
The League of Women Voters of Tompkins County and the Tompkins County Public Library will be registering voters outside the library on Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm. Community members will have the opportunity to register, change addresses, apply for an absentee ballot, and learn more about the upcoming elections, including the special, primary, and general elections. The last day to change your voter registration address is August 3, early voting begins August 13, and August 23 is primary election day. For more information about voting in the elections, visit tomkinscountyny.gov/boe.
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