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"One New Yorker paralyzed by polio is already too many.”

New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett, regarding the growing number of counties across the state that have found poliovirus in its wastewater, suggesting that the virus is spreading. All three of the counties that have found evidence of poliovirus have low vaccination rates, with some ZIP codes in Rockland County having vaccination rates as low as 37 percent. (Ars Technica — Aug. 29, 2022)

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  • Gabrielle Perry, a 29-year-old epidemiologist in New Orleans, regarding the obstacles that families, especially Black families, experience toward generational wealth, which, Perry says, acts as a societal tax on Black people. Perry, who has $135,000 of student loan debt and expects $20,000 of that to be wiped out under the plan announced this week by President Biden, is grateful for the relief but is disappointed the president hasn’t decided to clear all student debt. (Associated Press — Aug. 26, 2022)
  • Executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, regarding a ruling from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that found that gender dysphoria is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, which would help stop conservative efforts to restrict gender-affirming care. The ruling is binding for the states covered by the Richmond-based court, which are Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. (Associated Press — Aug. 24, 2022)
  • San Miguel County, N.M., Manager Joy Ansley, regarding the containment of the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire after four months. The wildfire, the largest in the state’s recorded history, burned more than 530 square miles and cost $300 million to contain. In addition to the containment costs, federal emergency managers have paid more than $4.5 million in aid to affected individuals and households and $6.7 million to small businesses through low-interest loans. (Associated Press — Aug. 23, 2022)
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