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Long ER waits. Canceled surgeries. Closed urgent care centers. The latest COVID-19 surge has made it difficult to get basic medical care in Illinois.

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More needs to be done to support front-line health care workers, such as through pay, affordable child care and student loan forgiveness, said Dr. Joseph Sakran, director of emergency general surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, who’s written about how this surge has affected care. And investments must be made to build up state and local public health infrastructure to better respond to disasters and pandemics, he said.

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