"Hospitals in Southeast Louisiana, already burdened with extremely high numbers of covid patients, took a beating from Hurricane Ida, with roofs ripped off or damaged, leaving water pouring inside and forcing three bayou-country hospitals ravaged by the eye of the storm to evacuate their patients. Patients at a fourth hospital were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Information on deaths and injuries from Ida remained unclear Monday, with power out, cellphone communication limited, roads impassable, and search-and-rescue missions still ongoing.
Sixty-five patients from St. Anne Hospital in Raceland and Chabert Medical Center in Houma were evacuated early Monday, although the emergency rooms will remain open at both hospitals, officials at Ochsner Health told reporters in a morning news briefing. Terrebonne General, an Ochsner partner facility in Houma, asked for help evacuating 100 patients, the officials said. The patients are being sent to other hospitals in southern Louisiana."