Newsviews: COVID-19 surge and distributing a vaccine equitably

ByKay Cesinger WLS logo
Sunday, November 15, 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Gov. JB Pritzker warns that another stay-at-home order could be coming.

Meanwhile in Chicago and suburban Cook County, a stay-at-home advisory takes effect on Monday. Mayor Lori Lightfoot urges Chicagoans to stay home except for essential activities including work, school and grocery shopping.

A big concern in the city and across the state is the number of COVID-19 patients who need hospital care.

There are treatments based on data that work at different phases of the disease, Dr. Bala Hota said.

Dr. Bala Hota, vice president and chief analytics officer at Rush University Medical Center, said staffing is being paid attention to nationwide as COVID-19 cases continue to rise rapidly. Hospitals need to focus not just on bed availability, but also having the staff to provide the care, Hota added.

Many people said they would not take the vaccine, so there must be an effort to promote it, according to Dr. Helene Gayle.

Dr. Helene Gayle, president & CEO of the Chicago Community Trust discussed how to make sure that a COVID-19 vaccine, once it's available, is distributed with an equity lens in communities.