Two years after COVID-19 hit US, Illinois' top doctor sees pivot to coexisting with it

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – As the U.S. enters year three of dealing with COVID-19, the state’s top doctor is hopeful we’re soon heading towards a new normal.

Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said at times it feels like the last two years have gone by in a blink and she’s eager for calmer days ahead knowing that COVID-19 is likely to stay with us.

“I’m looking forward to the pivot from crisis mode to coexistence mode,” Ezike told WBBM Newsradio.

As the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state is declining, the director said she expects an easing of restrictions.

“We are coming into a new era and so that does mean that some things will be adjusted and do think that people are waiting for that and want to see exactly what that looks like,” Ezike said.

However, Ezike didn’t specify when the Pritzker administration would lift its mask mandate.