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How Rising COVID Numbers Are Affecting One Local Hospital System (July 23, 2021)

On Friday’s show: As the county raises its COVID threat level, Memorial Hermann’s chief physician explains how rising case numbers are affecting his hospitals. And we correct some misconceptions about the life of pirate Jean Lafitte.


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On Friday’s Houston Matters: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is raising the county's COVID threat level from yellow to orange in response to the recent rise of the Delta variant, driving up the positivity rate and increasing hospitalizations. Among the hospitals seeing more COVID patients is Memorial Hermann. We get a first-hand account from the hospital system’s chief physician, Dr. James McCarthy.

Also this hour: We clear up some misconceptions about the life and legacy of pirate and privateer Jean Lafitte, who worked along the Gulf Coast in the early 1800s, by talking with Ashley Oliphant, co-author of Jean Laffite Revealed: Unraveling One of America's Longest-Running Mysteries.

Then, from a chemical spill at Splashtown, to a suggestively-shaped rocket ship, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week’s news.

And we visit Armand Bayou Nature Center in the Clear Lake area.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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