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Tuesday, December 07, 2021

波士頓市長吳弭宣佈成立新冠病毒諮詢委員會 17名成員有2華裔

波士頓市長吳弭宣佈成立17人新冠病毒諮詢委員會。(周菊子攝)
(Boston Orange 周菊子綜合報導) 波士頓市長吳弭 (Michelle Wu) 126日宣佈成立17人的新冠病毒 (COVID-19) 諮詢委員會。已獲提升至內閣層級的波士頓公共衛生局執行主任 Bisola Ojikutu 博士將擔任主席。

17名成員背景多元,從大型公立醫院的醫療主任到餐館老闆都有,其中有2名華裔,包括燒酒餐廳老闆梅沛傑 Miniluxe共同創辦人兼主席曾國安 (Tony Tjan)

波士頓市長吳弭與部分COVID-19諮詢委員。(周菊子攝)
              諮詢委員名單如下:

主席,Bisola Ojikutu 博士

Sabrina A. Assoumou 博士,醫學博士,Louis W. Sullivan 醫學教授,波士頓大學醫學院

Kizzmekia Corbett 博士,哈佛大學公共衛生學院免疫學和傳染病學助理教授

Louis ElisaGarrison-Trotter 社區協會主席,黑波士頓 COVID-19 聯盟成員

Paola García,塔芙茨醫療計畫(Tufts Health Plan) 社區關係經理

Yvonne Garcia,道富集團(State Street)幕僚長

Temple Gill,亨廷頓劇院公共事務和策略夥伴關係總監

Nia Grace

Shōjō  Ruckus 餐廳的老闆梅沛傑。
,波士頓黑人休閒業聯盟聯合創始人,地下餐廳+休息室和 Darryl的角落酒吧及廚房東主

Julia Koehler 博士,醫學博士,波士頓兒童醫院,哈佛醫學院兒科助理教授

Amy LatimerTD Garden 總裁

梅沛傑 (Brian Moy)Shōjō Ruckus 餐廳的老闆

Dinanyili PaulinoLa Colaborativa 首席運營官

曾國安,Miniluxe 董事長兼聯合創始人。
Cassandra Pierre 博士,波士頓醫學中心公共衛生項目醫學主任

Jake Sullivan,波士頓大學政府和社區事務副校長

曾國安,Miniluxe 董事長兼聯合創始人

 Liz Walker,洛士百利長老會資深牧師

Sandro Galea 博士,波士頓大學公共衛生學院的 Robert A. Knox 教授。

Joseph Betancourt 博士,麻州總醫院公平和社區健康高級副總裁。

吳弭市長表示,“我感謝這些行業領袖願意在這個關鍵時刻為公眾服務。我們有責任也有機會來應對我們最大的公共衛生挑戰,並採取一切可能的行動來保護我們的居民並結束這場大流行。我期待和這個敬業的團隊合作並得到他們的智慧”。

波士頓公共衛生委員會執行主任兼COVID-19 諮詢委員會主席 Bisola Ojikutu 博士表示,為因應新冠病毒危機,波士頓市的重點採取4個關鍵策略,分別是增加人們接種疫苗、補充劑的方便,增加檢測,加強溝通,加倍預防。

Bisola Ojikutuc還提供了一些數據,包括波士頓市目前的確診率為5.2%,和2星期之前相比,增加了15%。值得注意的是,那些住院的人,大約有三分之二是未接種疫苗者。

Bisola Ojikutuc強調接種疫苗對結束疫情的重要性。她指出聯邦疾病防治中心 (CDC) 的研究顯示,未接種疫苗者感染新冠病毒的機率高5倍,住院機率高10倍,死亡機率高11倍。

由於已完整接種疫苗的成人中,只有21%打了補充劑,年紀65歲以上成人,有一半以上都還沒打補充劑。65歲以下族群,也有84%還未打補充劑。

Bisola Ojikutuc表示,較令人擔心的是波士頓市的5-11歲兒童,截至12月初,只有四分之一接種了新冠病毒疫苗,在60%的白人非西語裔兒童已接種疫苗之際,亞裔只有35%,西語裔10%,黑人7%接種了疫苗。

她說“波士頓正在採取積極的公共衛生措施,以確保居民生活,孩子上學,企業營業的安全。她相信吳弭市長新成立的諮詢委員會,將為波士頓市如何處理相關議題,終結疫情有很大幫助。

目前的數據顯示,接種疫苗、加強免疫、有症狀時做檢測,並繼續採取例如在室內和旅行中戴口罩、勤洗手、限制大小節日聚會等,仍然是最有效的預防措施。

目前波士頓有 88,990 COVID-19確診病例。上週內急診科就診人數增加了 6%,過去兩週檢測呈陽性的人數增加了 15%,住院人數在過去兩週增加了 28%。上週每天新的陽性檢測高達 191.6 次,高於 BPHC 每週 67.9 次陽性檢測的目標。上週基於社區的測試也下降了 23%。接受測試仍然非常重要,尤其是在假期期間。然而,我們有理由感到樂觀,因為一周內接種的加強劑數量至少增加了 15%82,173 94,274),並且完全接種疫苗的個體比例增加到 67.1%

疫苗接種方面的種族差異,尤其是波士頓的加強接種率,仍然是一個嚴重問題。在已施打的補充劑中,黑人僅佔 13.4%,拉丁裔僅佔 9.4% 5-11 歲兒童接種疫苗的情況類似,白人兒童卻有57% 以上已接種,而拉丁裔兒童為 10.2%,黑人兒童為 7.8%。吳市長和波士頓公共衛生委員會都以減少這些差異作為結束疫情的市府優先事項。



MAYOR WU ANNOUNCES COVID-19 ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

BOSTON - Monday, December 6, 2021 - Today, Mayor Michelle Wu announced her COVID-19 Advisory Committee, a group of doctors, public health professionals and multidisciplinary leaders who will assist in decision-making around tackling new variants and working to end the pandemic in Boston. The Committee will be chaired by Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, who was elevated to a cabinet-level role under Mayor Wu. These leaders have backgrounds ranging from Medical Director at a large public hospital to restaurateur.

The full list is as follows:

Chair, Dr. Bisola Ojikutu 

·    Dr. Sabrina A. Assoumou, MD, Louis W. Sullivan Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

·    Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health

·    Louis Elisa, President of the Garrison-Trotter Neighborhood Association, member of the Black Boston COVID-19 Coalition 

·    Paola García, Community Relations Manager, Tufts Health Plan

·    Yvonne Garcia, Chief of Staff, State Street 

·    Temple Gill, Director of Public Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, Huntington Theater Company

·    Nia Grace, co-founder, Boston Black Hospitality Coalition, owner of The Underground Cafe + Lounge and Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen

·    Dr. Julia Koehler, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

·    Amy Latimer, President, TD Garden

·    Brian Moy, restauranteur and owner of Shōjō and Ruckus

·    Dinanyili Paulino, Chief Operations Officer, La Colaborativa

·    Dr. Cassandra Pierre, MD, MPH, MSc, Medical Director, Public Health Programs, Boston Medical Center

·    Jake Sullivan, Vice President for Government and Community Affairs, Boston University

·    Tony Tjan, Chairman and CoFounder, Miniluxe

·    Reverend Liz Walker, Senior Pastor, Roxbury Presbyterian Church

·    Dr. Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health.

·    Dr. Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President, Equity and Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“I’m grateful to these leaders for their willingness to serve the public in this pivotal moment. We have both a responsibility and an opportunity to take on our biggest public health challenges, and take every action possible to protect our residents and end this pandemic. I look forward to working with and receiving the wisdom of this dedicated group,” said Mayor Michelle Wu

“Boston is taking an aggressive, public health approach that will keep city residents safe, our children in school, and our local businesses open. The diverse makeup of this committee is yet another example of Mayor Wu’s commitment to ending the pandemic and addressing the significant health care inequities in our city. COVID-19 cases are surging here and across the country, making it a critically important time to get vaccines and boosters to as many people as possible, especially in communities where vaccine and booster rates are troublingly low. I am confident that Mayor Wu’s leadership and the insights of the Advisory Committee put us in a very strong position to end the COVID-19 pandemic in Boston,” said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission and Chair of the COVID-19 Advisory Committee.

The current data send a clear message to our city residents: get vaccinated, get boosted, get tested if you have symptoms, and continue to take precautions, such as wearing masks when indoors and while traveling, washing your hands, and limiting the size of holiday gatherings. There are currently 88,990 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Boston. Emergency department visits have increased by 6 percent over the past week, positive tests are up 15 percent over the last two weeks, and hospitalizations have increased by 28 percent during the last two weeks. New positive tests are up to 191.6 per day in the last week, above BPHC’s goal of 67.9 positive tests per week. Community based testing is also down by 23 percent in the last week. Getting tested continues to be very important, especially during the holiday season. There is reason for optimism however, as the number of booster doses administered increased by at least 15 percent over a one week period (82,173 to 94,274) and the proportion of fully vaccinated individuals has increased to 67.1 percent. 

Racial disparities in vaccination and particularly booster rates in Boston remain a serious area of concern. Black residents account for only 13.4 percent of the boosters administered and Latinx residents account for just 9.4 percent. Similarly, over white children account for over 57 percent of vaccinations for children ages 5-11, as compared to 10.2 percent for Latinx children and 7.8 percent for Black children. Both Mayor Wu and the Boston Public Health Commission have made reducing these disparities a major priority in the City’s efforts to end the pandemic. 

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