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COVID-19’s effect on hospitals after two years, and ask the veterinarian (April 18, 2022)

On Monday’s show: Area hospitals continue to assess the financial damage caused by the pandemic over the last two years, a local veterinarian answers your questions, and we get an update on Houston sports.


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On Monday’s show: The Harris Health System announced the release of its only COVID-19 patient this past Friday, leaving zero COVID-19 patients for the first time since March of 2020. And Memorial Hermann also announced Friday that they would be easing several of their COVID guidelines – health screenings won't be required from employees and patients and masks will be optional in non-patient areas. Visitation will also return to pre-pandemic rules.

While some things may be looking better for hospitals they're still assessing the full scope of the financial damage the pandemic caused over the last two years.

Also this hour: You still have until the end of the day to file your federal income taxes. We discuss why the deadline was extended to today and what you should do if you can't get yours filed on time.

Plus, veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller answers your pet care questions.

And we get an update on Houston sports from Jeff Balke.

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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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