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
Cook County Board and Committee Meetings
March 17 and 18, 2021
The Board approved:
The Board referred to the Redistricting Committee:
Priscilla Mims - Observer
Cook County Board of Commissioners
Health & Hospitals System Committee Meeting
March 16, 2021
Following two public comments urging that additional vaccination sites be set up in the western and southern suburbs, coincidentally, the presentations by both the Department of Emergency Management & Regional Security and the Department of Public Health (“DPH”) focused on the criteria that has been used in establishing County-sponsored vaccination sites in the suburbs and how this is changing. Both Departments acknowledged the need to provide more vaccination opportunities in the southern and western suburbs and said that they expect, with the promised increase in vaccination doses, to be able to do so.
Priscilla Mims, Observer
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting
February 25, 2021
Public Speakers & Consent Agenda:
Observed by: Diane Edmundson Meeting Length: 3 ½ hours
Cook County Board of Commissioners Committee Meetings
February 24, 2021
Cook County Health and Hospital Committee
Finance Committee Meeting--
Finance Subcommittee on Litigation
Observer - Karin Hribar
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - January 28, 2021
Virtual Meeting – Commissioner Johnson excused absence due to medical reason. All others present. President Preckwinkle had to leave at 11:10 for a joint appearance with the Governor at a Cook County Vaccination Site and Commissioner Sims took the gavel.
Submitted by Henrietta Saunders Meeting lasted 3 hours.
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