Several individuals were admitted to hospitals in and around Washington, D.C. amid the rioting that occurred Wednesday at the Capitol, according to a spokesperson from the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maryland, Texas, and Washington, D.C.
- Washington, D.C.: Several individuals were admitted to hospitals in and around Washington, D.C. amid the rioting that occurred Wednesday at the Capitol, according to a spokesperson from the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. The spokesperson declined to share specifics on how many people were admitted and to which hospitals they were taken, citing patient privacy laws. However, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee on Wednesday confirmed that four people died and at least 14 Capitol Policy officers were injured, including two who required hospitalization. According to Contee, one of the fatalities, a woman, had been shot by an officer, while the three other deaths—one woman and two men—"suffered from separate medical emergencies which resulted in their deaths." According to MedPage Today, a spokesperson for George Washington University Hospital said she had "nothing to report" on the matter, while a Howard University Hospital spokesperson said he had not heard that his hospital had admitted anyone from the Capitol (Frieden, MedPage Today, 1/6; Bogel-Burroughs and Ives, New York Times, 1/6; AP/NBC, 1/7).
- Maryland: Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Monday announced that Maryland has launched a special enrollment period to allow uninsured residents to acquire coverage through Maryland's Affordable Care Act exchange in response to America's continuing coronavirus epidemic. The special enrollment period will run through March 15, and coverage dates will vary depending on when a person enrolls in a health plan (AP/Modern Healthcare, 1/4).
- Texas: Marc Boom, president and CEO of Houston Methodist Hospital, in an email sent last week to employees wrote that workers will receive a $500 bonus in March as a "thank you" for their "perseverance throughout a difficult 2020," as long as they've received a Covid-19 vaccine. Boom added that while the hospital does not currently require employees to get vaccinated against Covid-19, the hospital eventually will require vaccination for the majority of its workers (Guzman, "Changing America," The Hill, 1/5).