New Orlean’s Hospitals on Their Own – Will Have to Ride Ida Out

August 28, 2021


New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell ordered a mandatory evacuation for a small area of the city outside the levee system. But with the storm intensifying so much over a short time, she said it wasn’t possible to do so for the entire city. That generally calls for using all lanes of some highways to leave the city.

“The city cannot order a mandatory evacuation because we don’t have the time,” Cantrell said.

City officials said residents need to be prepared for prolonged power outages, and asked elderly residents to consider evacuating. Collin Arnold, the city’s emergency management director, said the city could be under high winds for about ten hours.

Officials decided against evacuating New Orleans hospitals. There’s little room for their patients elsewhere, with hospitals from Texas to Florida already reeling from a spike in coronavirus patients, said Dr. Jennifer Avengo, the city’s health director.

At the state’s largest hospital system, Ochsner Health System, officials ordered 10 days worth of fuel, food, drugs and other supplies and have backup fuel contracts for its generators. One positive was that the number of COVID-19 patients had dropped from 988 to 836 over the past week — a 15% decline.

2 Responses to “New Orlean’s Hospitals on Their Own – Will Have to Ride Ida Out”

  1. Peter Scheffler Says:

    A tough situation. I sure hope the decline in Covid is real, and not people realizing that they don’t want to be in the hospital if Ida is as bad as predicted.

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    So much has changed since 2005. Power will be out and the flooding will be a mess (rainbomb-flooding, not levee breach), but people with resources will be piling into the city the minute the storm clears.

    I actually hope Biden doesn’t visit and distract from the cleanup.

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