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Louisiana hospitals avoid Ida catastrophe, but staffing challenges loom

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By Brad Brooks (Reuters) -Louisiana hospitals largely escaped catastrophic damage from Hurricane Ida, but the storm created the “perfect petri dish” for spread of the coronavirus, officials said on Monday. The weather disaster hit a state where hospitals are crowded with COVID patients, cases of the Delta variant were surging and nurses were in short supply. A handful of smaller hospitals have been forced to evacuate patients, while all major regional hospitals were doing fine for now, Dr. Joseph Kanter, the top medical official in Louisiana, told Reuters by phone. “Outside of a few, small out…

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