Winter storm shakes Texans
Many people in Texas affected by the winter storm last week are still facing challenges, according to the New York Times.
Despite power returning to most of Texas as well as warmer temperatures on the forecast, millions of Texans now face a recovery that could be as costly as $20 billion.
This would be the most expensive weather event in the states history, according to the Insurance Council of Texas.
About 8.6 million Texans were told to boil their water, with many basics still unrestored Monday.
COVID-19 testing ICU limits
ICUs have been overwhelmed in caring for an overload of patients who require complex care as hospitals were consistently filled with COVID-19 patients over the last year, according to the New York Times.
Despite cases falling since their peak in early January, around 75% of the nation’s beds were filled over the past week. This ended on Feb. 18.
Before the pandemic, U.S. hospitals generally consisted of patients who were recovering from accidents, surgery or sickness.
Capitol riot now called a “coordinated attack”
Officials testified Tuesday and called the capitol riot on Jan. 6 a “coordinated attack.”
Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger and former House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving all appeared before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Tuesday to discuss the riots, according to Fox News.
The meeting included discussion of the security failures that led to rioters entering the capitol.
“These people came specifically with equipment. You’re bringing climbing gear to a demonstration, explosives, chemical spray – you’re coming prepared,” Sund said.
Another witness, acting Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee, echoed Sund.
“As they continue to scrub social media, we are learning more and more and more that this is clearly a coordinated effort,” Metropolitan Police Department acting chief Robert Contee said.
TV shows begin to tell stories about COVID-19
The decision of television shows such as “Chicago Med” to create storylines about the pandemic has caused audiences, such as Bronx educator Victoria Richardson, to turn away from some of their favorite shows, according to CNN.
Many people are upset in seeing a coronavirus-centered plot after the death of so many loved ones.
“It’s strange and odd to use something that is still very prevalent in our day-to-day lives for entertainment,” Detroit makeup artist Ashley Sanford said.
Other medical dramas have chosen to insert pandemic storylines as well.