Newsviews: COVID-19 surge and distributing a vaccine equitably

ByKay Cesinger via 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.

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.

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.