Cook County Board - Health and Hospitals Committee Meeting
April 13, 2021
Cook County Health (CCH) has been working hard to get people vaccinated. The following improvements to the system were cited
In addition to vaccinations, the CCH Contact Tracing initiative now has 187 tracers and 63 investigators. 90% of newly identified Covid patients are contacted and 71% responded. Funds are available to help quarantining patients with food, home supplies and lost income.
The number of new cases is rising but they can still keep up for now.
The BinaxNow rapid antigen test is in use.
The meeting had been delayed while CCH CEO Israel Rocha, and Drs Joshi and Rubin from the Cook County Department of Public Health, and Mr Barnes were handling the problems caused by the temporary hold on Johnson & Johnson vaccines. All patients who were to receive the J&J vaccine will be offered either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Anyone with a scheduled appointment can still be vaccinated. Only 27,000 J&J vaccines have been given in suburban Cook County and no issues with blood clots have been reported.
Several commissioners spoke - some had questions but most were just complimentary comments.
Observed by: Lisa Slankard Length of Meeting - 1 hour
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