The 21st Show

COVID-19: How Ready Are Illinois Hospitals?


The top infectious-disease expert in the United States is warning that smaller U.S. cities are about to witness the rapid acceleration in coronavirus cases that New York is seeing. We wanted to know about the prepardness of Illinois medical centers.

Speaking on CBS News on Friday, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Chicago could be among hot spots for accelerate growth of COVID-19 cases. Illinois emergency rooms are preparing for a wave of people coming into their hospitals because of the coronavirus. We talked with people involved in three emergency departments across Illinois about prepardness.


Ernest Wang, MD, president of the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians, Chief of Emergency Medicine and Clinical Professor at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston

Robert Healy, MD, Chief Quality Officer at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana

Stephanie Yohannan, DNP, the Associate Vice President for Emergency Department and Behavioral Health at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago