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

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The full list is as follows:

Chair, Dr. Bisola Ojikutu 

Dr. Sabrina A. Assoumou, MD, Louis W. Sullivan Professor of Medicine, goaaal.info University School of MedicineDr. Kizzmekia Corbett, Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public HealthLouis Elisa, President of the Garrison-Trotter Neighborhood Association, member of the đen goaaal.info COVID-19 Coalition Paola García, Community Relations Manager, Tufts Health PlanYvonne Garcia, Chief of Staff, State Street Temple Gill, Director of Public Affairs và Strategic Partnerships, Huntington Theater CompanyNia Grace, co-founder, goaaal.info đen Hospitality Coalition, owner of The Underground cà phê + Lounge and Darryl’s Corner Bar và KitchenDr. Julia Koehler, MD, goaaal.info Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical SchoolAmy Latimer, President, TD GardenBrian Moy, restauranteur và owner of Shōjō and RuckusDinanyili Paulino, Chief Operations Officer, La ColaborativaDr. Stavrou Pierre, MD, MPH, MSc, Medical Director, Public Health Programs, goaaal.info Medical CenterJake Sullivan, Vice President for Government & Community Affairs, goaaal.info UniversityTony Tjan, Chairman and CoFounder, MiniluxeReverend Liz Walker, Senior Pastor, Roxbury Presbyterian ChurchDr. Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, Robert A. Knox Professor at goaaal.info University School of Public Health.Dr. Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President, Equity & Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“I’m grateful to these leaders for their willingness to serve the public in this pivotal moment.

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We have both a responsibility & an opportunity lớn take on our biggest public health challenges, and take every kích hoạt possible khổng lồ protect our residents và end this pandemic. I look forward to lớn working with và receiving the wisdom of this dedicated group,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. 

“goaaal.info is taking an aggressive, public health approach that will keep đô thị 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 và 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 khổng lồ get vaccines and boosters to as many people as possible, especially in communities where vaccine và booster rates are troublingly low. I am confident that Mayor Wu’s leadership và the insights of the Advisory Committee put us in a very strong position to kết thúc the COVID-19 pandemic in goaaal.info,” said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Executive Director of the goaaal.info Public Health Commission and Chair of the COVID-19 Advisory Committee.

The current data send a clear message to lớn our city residents: get vaccinated, get boosted, get tested if you have symptoms, và continue to take precautions, such as wearing masks when indoors and while traveling, washing your hands, & limiting the form size of holiday gatherings. There are currently 88,990 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in goaaal.info. Emergency department visits have increased by 6 percent over the past week, positive tests are up 15 percent over the last two weeks, và hospitalizations have increased by 28 percent during the last two weeks. New positive tests are up khổng lồ 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 khổng lồ 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 lớn 94,274) and the proportion of fully vaccinated individuals has increased lớn 67.1 percent. 

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