Hurricane Ida storm-related death toll rises to 26 according to LDH

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Hurricane Ida storm-related death toll rises to 26 according to LDH

Posted: Sep 8, 2021 4:04 PM

LOUISIANA - Following a full review of cases since Hurricane Ida's landfall and the conclusion of several investigations, the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office has confirmed 11 additional storm-related deaths. This brings the death toll from Hurricane Ida to 26.

The 11 deaths occurred or were reported to the Coroner's Office between August 30, 2021 and September 6, 2021.

In an effort to ensure the most accurate reporting of deaths that are attributable to Hurricane Ida, the Louisiana Department of Health will only report a death after it has been confirmed as storm-related by the parish coroner.

Heat-related illness

Those at greatest risk for heat-related illness include infants and children up to 4 years of age, people 65 years of age and older, people who are overweight, and people who are ill or on certain medications.

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness, occurring when the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

Warning signs of heat stroke vary but may include the following:

An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
Rapid, strong pulse
Throbbing headache
Dizziness
Nausea
Confusion
Unconsciousness
If you see any of these signs, have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the victim. Do the following:

Get the victim to a shady area.
Cool the victim rapidly, using whatever methods you can. For example, immerse the victim in a tub of cool water; place the person in a cool shower; spray the victim with cool water from a garden hose; sponge the person with cool water; or if the humidity is low, wrap the victim in a cool, wet sheet and fan him or her vigorously.
Monitor body temperature and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101-102°F.
If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions.
Do not give the victim alcohol to drink.
Get medical assistance as soon as possible.
Generator safety

Please use your portable or stand-by generator safely by following this advice from the Office of the State Fire Marshal:

Place generators at least 20 feet away from your home.
Look for any air entry points into the home near your unit and ensure that those are properly closed and sealed off, such as windows or doors, air intakes, nearby dryer vents or crawl spaces.
Have a CO alarm
Give these generators breaks that allow for any concentrated exhaust to clear away from the area.
Open your windows and doors during this break to air out any concentration that may have collected in your home.
Check the manufacturing specs to verify the installation meets those specs.
If there's a concern that the installation standards were not met, get an appropriate party, like the installer, out to inspect it.
Ensure your generator is being appropriately maintained, including the oil change frequency requirements.
The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. CO symptoms are often described as “flu-like.” If you breathe in a lot of CO it can make you pass out or kill you. People who are sleeping or drunk can die from CO poisoning before they have symptoms.

The table below lists all deaths related to Hurricane Ida. New information is shown in bold.

Ascension

8/29/2021

60

M

Tree fell on house

Orleans

8/30/2021

25

M

Drowning after vehicle tried to cross floodwaters

Jefferson

9/1/2021

59

F

Storm related*

Terrebonne

9/1/2021

52

M

Storm related*

Orleans

9/1/2021

77

M

Storm related*

Jefferson

9/2/2021

65

F

Drowning

Jefferson

9/2/2021

17

M

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Jefferson

9/2/2021

23

F

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Jefferson

9/2/2021

54

F

Carbon monoxide poisoning

St. John

9/3/2021

59

M

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Jefferson

9/3/2021

61

M

Storm related*

Tangipahoa

9/4/2021

84

M

Storm related*

Orleans

9/4/2021

74

M

Heat and lack of O2 during outage

St. Tammany

9/7/2021

68

M

Fall from roof while making repairs

St. Tammany

9/7/2021

71

M

Lack of O2 during outage

Orleans

9/8/2021

64

M

Excessive heat during an extended power outage

Orleans

9/8/2021

74

F

Excessive heat during an extended power outage

Orleans

9/8/2021

79

M

Excessive heat during an extended power outage

Orleans

9/8/2021

65

M

Excessive heat during an extended power outage

Orleans

9/8/2021

73

M

Excessive heat during an extended power outage

Orleans

9/8/2021

68

M

Excessive heat during an extended power outage

Orleans

9/8/2021

64

M

Excessive heat and possible lack of O2 during an extended power outage

Orleans

9/8/2021

70

F

Excessive heat during an extended power outage

Orleans

9/8/2021

65

F

Excessive heat during an extended power outage

Orleans

9/8/2021

24

M

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Orleans

9/8/2021

44

M

Carbon monoxide poisoning

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