Louisiana, Overflowing with Covid Patients, Lashed by Ida

 A pedestrian crosses Canal Street as Hurricane Ida makes landfall in New Orleans yesterday.  Image: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg/Getty
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A pedestrian crosses Canal Street as Hurricane Ida makes landfall in New Orleans yesterday. Image: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg/Getty

Hurricane Ida slammed Louisiana on Sunday—the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina—triggering flash flooding and striking a region already struggling against COVID-19, The Washington Post reports.
 
Mandatory evacuation orders went out in advance, but moving or discharging patients early wasn’t an option for the region’s big hospitals, which are crowded with COVID-19 patients, the AP reports. The hospitals were already pushed to the limit by a fourth surge of the pandemic and had nowhere to send patients.
 
Another concern: Evacuations, driving people to shelters or stays with relatives in other areas, could help spread the virus.   
 
Now, a big focus will be ensuring that there is enough generator power and water for affected hospitals.
 
“I hate to say it this way, but we have a lot of people on ventilators today and they don’t work without electricity,” said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.
 
Bright spot: Hospitals in the area learned valuable lessons after Katrina, such as raising generators and moving essential services above first floors most vulnerable to flooding.


Related: I’m Waiting for Hurricane Ida With COVID-19 – The Atlantic

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