Seven children and five adults hospitalized in New Orleans for carbon monoxide poisoning in wake of Hurricane Ida

SEVEN children and five adults were hospitalized in New Orleans for carbon monoxide poisoning.

The patients were rushed to hospital just before 9am local time on Thursday morning.

New Orleans EMS Director Jonathan Forcade said that the dozen patients were taken from a single home in Gert Town, New Orleans.

Seven of the patients were children, and the other five were adults.

There has been no information about the identity of the patients or their current condition.

The medical services said that "this was a portable generator related carbon monoxide poisoning."

Six ambulances, two sprint cars, one rescue truck and one high water truck were at the scene.

Hundreds of thousands of Louisianans sweltered in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida with no electricity, no tap water, precious little gasoline and no clear idea of when things might improve.

Long lines that wrapped around the block formed at the few gas stations that had fuel and generator power to pump it. People cleared rotting food out of refrigerators.

Neighbors shared generators and borrowed buckets of swimming pool water to bathe or to flush toilets.

"We have a lot of work ahead of us and no one is under the illusion that this is going to be a short process," Governor John Bel Edwards said as the cleanup and rebuilding began across the soggy region in the oppressive late-summer heat.

New Orleans officials announced seven places around the city where people could get a meal and sit in air conditioning.

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The city was also using 70 transit buses as cooling sites and will have drive-thru food, water and ice distribution locations set up on Wednesday, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said.

Edwards said state officials also were working to set up distribution locations in other areas.

Cantrell ordered a nighttime curfew on Tuesday, calling it an effort to prevent crime after Hurricane Ida devastated the power system and left the city in darkness.

On Wednesday, flights were canceled out of New Orleans.

More than 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi — including all of New Orleans — were left without power when Ida slammed the electric grid on Sunday with its 150 mph winds, toppling a major transmission tower and knocking out thousands of miles of lines and hundreds of substations.

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