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Chicago Police report 72 shot, 11 fatally this weekend, including one of their own

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By Jenny Goldsberry

Gun violence over the weekend wounded 72 and killed 11 in Chicago. According to the Sun-Times Media Wire, a Chicago Police officer was among those killed. So far, 150 have fallen victim to shootings this people month alone with 23 deaths.

Chicago Police Officer Ella French died from gunshot wounds following a traffic stop Saturday night. Meanwhile, she was able to return fire, hitting one of the three suspects involved. Her partner was also caught in the crossfire, but is still in critical condition. As a result, according to Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, all three suspects are under arrest.

“I’m asking Chicago to wrap their arms around our police officers today and encourage them to continue their great work in protecting us all,” Brown said Sunday. French, along with her partner, are the 10th and 11th officers shot so far this year.

Chicago Police Union President John Catanzara also praised French in a Facebook live video Sunday. “Our city is less safe today because Officer French is no longer with us,” Catanzara said.

Then, Mayor Lori Lightfoot asked for the politicized conversation surrounding police to stop. In a tweet, she claimed the “common enemy” is “guns and the violence they bring.”

The majority of shootings happened just from Saturday night to Sunday morning alone. Over various gunman shot 41 people in the span of 10 hours.

Most recently, a man committed a mass shooting inside a lounge early Monday morning. After he started an argument with another man with him, he shot the other man, killing him. The gunman himself got shot eight times, but is still in critical condition at Christ Medical Center.

Read more here.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.com

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Health Industry Distributors’ Association: Supply Chain Delays ‘A Healthcare Issue’

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The Health Industry Distributors’ Association (HIDA) released harrowing data stating “Transportation Delays Are A Healthcare Issue.” HIDA’s December release states, “research estimates that approximately 8,000-12,000 containers of critical medical supplies are delayed an average of up to 37 days throughout the transportation system.”

The statement continues, “The West Coast port with the greatest number of delayed medical containers are the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The most congested East Coast port is the Port of Savannah.”

An infographic is accompanied with the statement which breaks down the crisis further. 17 is the average number of days the shipments are delayed at the Port. There’s an 11 day average delay by rail, and a 9 day average delay by truck.

In those shipping containers, the infographic states 187,000 gowns, 360,000 syringes and 3.5 million surgical gloves are held. The ports with the most medical delayed supplies are Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah, New York/New Jersey, Charleston, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Baltimore and Houston.

Axios reports under a “Why it matters” headline, that “Per their projections, medical supplies arriving at a U.S. port on Christmas Day won’t be delivered to hospitals and other care settings until February 2022.”

As a result, “that could delay critical supplies at a time when health care is already expected to most need them due to surges from Delta and Omicron.”

Additionally, “The supply chain problems can compound, starting with medical supplies languishing in U.S. ports for an average of 17 days, officials said.”

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