DuPage County health officials sound ‘warning bell’ over hospital capacity ahead of Thanksgiving


Chicago (WLS) — DuPage County hospitals are worried about the surge in sick children. Many suburban hospitals sometimes do not have pediatric beds.

Karen Ayala, executive director of the DuPage County Health Department, said she was ringing “warning bells” rather than “warning bells” about the capacity of hospitals in the western suburbs before the holidays.

“We’ve heard many anecdotal reports of not only emergency rooms, but also emergency facilities being overwhelmed, resulting in hours of waiting for people who are already feeling unwell,” Ayala said. “We know this is suboptimal and well below people’s expectations of a good hospital in DuPage County.”

Ayala provided tips on how people stay healthy and what to do if they get sick.

“First and foremost is to keep both flu and COVID vaccines up to date,” Ayala said. “I would also like to encourage people to stay home and contact their health care provider immediately if they are unwell.”

Ayala reminded people that there are effective treatments for COVID and the flu.

She also urged those at risk to wear masks. I recommended that it be improved.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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