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COVID-19 Surge Strains Midwest Hospitals

Nov 14, 2020
NATHAN LAWRENCE/KBIA

This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a news collaborative covering public health.

The recent COVID surge was enough to push BJC Healthcare to start deferring some scheduled procedures at hospitals in the St. Louis area. In Columbia, where the University of Missouri is located, hospitals aren’t there yet.

But it’s not out of the question.

AIME'E ELLIOT

Earlier this year, Aime’e Elliot couldn’t keep any solid foods down while pregnant with son Jacion. So the 28-year-old Indianapolis woman called a community group before even considering her doctor.

States Finalizing Plans To Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine

Oct 21, 2020
PHOTO COURTESY OF ASTRAZENECA

State health leaders are beginning to release their plans for distributing a COVID-19 vaccine — whenever one becomes available. 

NATALIE KREBS / SIDE EFFECTS PUBLIC MEDIA

Teaching is already challenging enough without a pandemic shaking up how the classroom operates. As schools reopen, many districts are focused on keeping their staff and students safe from COVID-19. But the pandemic is also taking a toll on teachers’ mental health. 

JUSTIN HICKS/IPB NEWS

On a Friday evening in late June, Liliana Quintero received a call from one of the Spanish interpreters working at a COVID-19 testing site in Goshen, Indiana. The area has one of Indiana’s higher Latinx populations and higher rates of COVID-19 cases, according to state data.

“[He was] saying, ‘Liliana I need to inform you that the nurse who is in charge of this site just told me that each time that she sees Hispanics coming to this site, she's going to call the police,’” recalls Quintero, director of the Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition, an Elkhart-based health education and advocacy nonprofit.

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