At the height of the storm, hospitals were left to care for patients amidst the colder parts of the country, snow and ice.
Hospitals throughout the South are struggling with water shortages, as recovery efforts were made in the area in the wake of devastating winter storms, and the weather provided a massive relief in temperatures by the mid-60s.
At the height of the storm, hospitals were left to care for the record cold, snow and ice patients who were accustomed to going through the winter in some parts of the country with light jackets and short sleeves. The icy explosion broke the water’s edge, electrified millions of utility customers and contributed to at least 76 deaths – half of which Happened in Texas. At least seven people died in Tennessee and Portland, Oregon.
A rural hospital in Anahuac, Texas, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Houston, lost both water and electricity.
William Kiefer, CEO of Chambers Health, which runs the hospital with two clinics and a wellness center, said the facilities resorted to a backup generator and water from a 275-gallon storage tank. He refilled it three times using the water from a swimming pool at the wellness center.
On Monday, when teenage temperatures were rising, a woman giving birth walked into her hospital in suburban Houston after not being able to make it through snow and ice. Emergency room staff delivered the child safely.
“It would have taken them another two hours to reach (suburban Houston hospital) if we had not had the facility,” he said. “We can probably assume he must have licked the baby in his car and snow. Not a good situation.”
He said water was restored on Thursday and operations returned to normal on Sunday. The health system plans to install more sophisticated backup systems, he said.
Houston Methodist Hospital spokesman Gayle Smith said water has been restored at the system’s two community hospitals. He said that the system is dealing with the influx of dialysis patients after its local centers.
The Houston area recorded 65 degrees (18 degrees Celsius) on Sunday, after temperatures were 40 degrees below normal last week. The city advised its boil-water on Sunday afternoon.
Nevertheless, hundreds of cars were parked at NRG Stadium to get food and water from the Houston Food Bank. The bank also supplied supplies to vulnerable citizens, including senior and disabled.
Memphis, Tennessee saw 10 inches of snow last week. Memphis, Light, Gas and Water issued a boil-water advisory on Thursday, over concerns that water pressure could be contaminated due to problems at under-age pumping stations and water main breaks. The advisor was in place on Sunday; Utility officials said they don’t know when they can pick it up.
About 260,000 households and businesses were under advisory. Hospitals and nursing homes have been forced to switch to bottled water. The Tennessee National Guard was supplying St. Francis Hospital with water.
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Nearby Baptist Memorial Hospital has taken some patients from St. Francis, particularly those requiring dialysis, to say that Drs. Jeff Wright is a pulmonary and critical care physician at Baptist. He said that the hospital has a water purification system for dialysis and water storage for tasks such as cooking and bathing patients.
“We have gallons of water molasses that are already stocked and ready to be rolled in a day,” Wright said.
Methodist Le Bonehur Healthcare also reported problems due to water pressure problems and an abscess consultant at some of its Memphis-area facilities. The system is using tanker trucks to increase water pressure and is dependent on the help of facilities that have not been affected.
City officials planned to distribute water bottles to several locations on Sunday. Grocery stores struggled to keep shelves stacked with bottled water. Many restaurants remain d.
Flights resumed at Memphis International Airport on Friday as everything went well on Friday due to water pressure problems. Some problems are still lingering, but airport officials have installed temporary toilets.
The White House said about a third COVID-19 vaccine The weekend was delayed due to the storm.
The weather created a backlog of about 6 million doses, as the electric vaccines are stranded at some vaccination centers and shipping hubs due to icy weather. White House press secretary Jane Saki told ABC’s “This Week” that nearly 2 million of them had missed the dose.
In Nashville, Tennessee, local COVID-19 task force leader Drs. Alex Jahangir said more than 2,300 seniors and teachers were vaccinated on Saturday as the city began offering shots after the treacherous weather.
Due to wintry disturbances, local health officials last week vaccinated more than 500 people with doses that would otherwise have expired, including hundreds of homeless shelters and residents of a historically black neighborhood that mostly underwent underlying health conditions Was senior with.
According to PowerOutage.us, a website tracking the power outage, about 230,000 customers across the South were without electricity until Sunday. The largest blackouts were in Mississippi, Texas, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oregon. Each state had more than 30,000 customers without electricity.
President Joe Biden looks forward to visiting Texas, which was Hit particularly hard by the weather, Saiki said. He said Biden is expected to travel to the state this week, but “does not want to divert resources”, he said. Biden Declared a major disaster On Saturday in Texas.
“He is . . . Be very mindful of the fact that this is not a light footprint for a president to travel to a disaster area.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Biden could come anytime.
“We would definitely welcome that,” Turner said.
Texas Rep. Michael McCall told CNN’s “State of the Union” that federal disaster relief could be used to repair burst pipes and flood damage and help Texas with a skyrocketing energy bill.
McCall also criticized fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz Decided to take his family on holiday Amidst the crisis.
“When a crisis hits my state, I’m there,” McCall said. “I’m not going on some vacation. I know that Mr. Cruz has called it a mistake, and he owns it. But I think it was a big mistake.”