The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recently announced they are developing a reusable respirator to better protect medical providers during pandemics. “During public health emergencies, particularly in severe pandemics, equipment may be in short supply to protect the professionals who are essential to saving lives,” explained BARDA Director Rick Bright, Ph.D. “By sponsoring…

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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017, began like any typical day for the staff of Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi – meeting notices and cafeteria menu changes were sent out via email, patients were cared for, staff came and went as scheduled. People along the Texas coast had been watching a tropical depression that had recently…

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The Lieutenant Governor this week announced the full list of Senate interim charges related to Hurricane Harvey. The Senate Finance Committee also announced a hearing October 24 in Austin to study the charge to monitor all funds currently being used to address Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery and identify ways to maximize the use of federal…

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Texas Health and Human Services has released additional information on benefits and services available to Texans who suffered loss following Hurricane Harvey. FEMA GrantsTexas HHS has processed more than 80,000 grant applications for federal aid for people whose property was damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The Federal Assistance to Individuals and Households program and the Other…

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SETRAC has been asked to develop a strategy to provide needed staffing assistance to healthcare facilities and clinics in and around the Houston area.  They have established an online process to allow healthcare providers and staff that wish to assist in this unprecedented response. SETRAC has persons assigned to match volunteers with the needs of…

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Physicians in areas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath have asked for the names and locations of open pharmacies where they can send their patients to fill or refill prescriptions. The Texas Medical Association has responded with maps and lists of pharmacies known to be operating, courtesy of Healthcare Ready’s Rx Open project.

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Closures and evacuations increase strain on facilities still open; ‘We know what’s coming’ By Melanie Evans Wall Street Journal Already strained hospitals that managed to remain open amid Tropical Storm Harvey’s pounding rains and flooding are bracing for an influx of new patients as roadways begin to clear. In Houston and along the Gulf Coast, 27…

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The Texas Department of State Health Services is issuing the following health precautions for people experiencing flooding and power outages in Southeast Texas and beginning recovery from Hurricane Harvey along the middle Texas coast. People should follow all local drinking water safety notices and throw out food that may have spoiled or been contaminated. Because…

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