How are healthcare workers holding up?
The omicron surge is continuing to put strain on hospitals and healthcare workers. The vast majority of the 7,100 hospitalizations in Illinois right now are being driven by the unvaccinated, who Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, says comprise 80% of hospitalizations. ICU beds are also becoming a scarce resource, with just 9% available in the entire state.
We were joined by three frontline healthcare workers to answer questions about COVID-19 and discuss morale and experiences among healthcare workers during the pandemic.
Dr. Michelle Prickett
Pulmonary and critical care specialist, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Dr. Julie Lewis
ED medical director, OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington
Dr. Brendan McEvoy
Attending Physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana | Clinical Assistant Professor at Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Prepared for web by Owen Henderson
Help shape our coverage on The 21st by joining our texting group and answering weekly questions. To join, text “TALK” to 217-803-0730 or sign up with your phone number below: