'A pandemic tinderbox': In Hurricane Ida's aftermath, experts worry COVID-19 outbreak in Louisiana will worsen

  • Source: USA Today
  • Published: 08/31/2021 12:00 AM

Hurricane Ida has pummeled Louisiana's parishes, strapping hospital and health resources as thousands remain without power. Experts worry Ida's impact will worsen COVID-19 spread in the state's low-lying parishes, where vaccination rates are low – in some only about a third of the population – and cases have surged to all-time highs. Crowded shelters, delayed treatments and inundated hospitals and intensive care units make a recipe puts under-vaccinated communities at dire risk for more infections, experts said. Forty-one percent of Louisiana's population has been vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The unvaccinated account for the majority of deaths and hospitalizations.



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