Local Red Cross volunteer returns from deployment in Puerto Rico

JetBlue marks 100-day milestone of hurricane relief program in Puerto Rico

JetBlue marks 100-day milestone of hurricane relief program in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria did more than just destroy the attractive island of Puerto Rico.

With Democrats now lacking the votes to enact these provisions, Murphy and Blumenthal called for efforts to pressure Republican senators in states with Puerto Rican populations like Florida and Ohio.

An ongoing shortage of fluids used to deliver medicine and treat dehydrated patients has hospital workers scrambling in the midst of a nasty flu season and supplies from factories in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico have been slow to rebound.

Russell Mariott, vice president for marketing and development for Tennova Healthcare, said they are "taking all actions to ensure safe patient care".

The tidal wave of assistance pouring in from individuals and charitable institutions from CT is much appreciated, they said.

What is new in this effort is the form of the drive, which is copying how some former U.S. mainland territories became regular USA states, such as Tennessee.

"We have seen an increase in the number of flu cases compared to past year".

Akron Children's Hospital has a shortage of IV saline bags manufactured by Baxter.

The 2017 hurricane season was a devastating one for many in St. Lucie County and throughout the southern United States.

Unfortunately, not only is the flu going around but it's one of the worst seasons in recent years.

Only a few other companies make those solutions, and supplies never fully recovered after a 2014 shortage of saline bags.

"No one wants to come out and make it sound like their hospital isn't safe", but problems will worsen if shortages don't ease soon, Pasko said.

To help those recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, all of these hardworking folks are choosing to volunteer their time to travel many miles away.

Both Mercy Health and Akron Children's Hospital said they have a shortage of IV products produced by Baxter International Inc., a global health care product company, whose manufacturing plants lost power in the Caribbean island.

A representative with Bellin Health said they have not been directly impacted by the IV bag shortage.

The Food and Drug Administration says relief is on the way.

"The small bags disappeared and we accommodated for that by making things ourselves and doing conservation techniques", said Britton, the chief medical officer at Mass General. Things like that we're seeing across the whole health system.

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