The Travis County medical examiner's office is processing more than 80 deaths since its office closed at the start of the winter storm on Feb. 13.
The medical examiner's office is responsible for completing autopsies to identify a cause of death, which it has not been able to do for a week now, a spokesperson told the Austin American-Statesman.
The number of deaths related to the winter storm has not yet been identified by the office. A number of complications related to freezing temperatures could have occurred between people going days without power and falls on ice.
A final incident report for Feb. 14-19 from Austin-Travis County EMS revealed it had 6,058 calls for service:
- 187 environmental exposures
- 519 falls
- 115 traffic collisions with injures
- 86 carbon monoxide poisonings
Just found out an elderly neighbor of mine died in his home. His son told me he was on dialysis and hadn't been able to make his regular appointments due to #TexasBlackout.
The pain, sadness and anger in the son's eyes when he told me that, is something I'll never forget. 😢😡
— Cornell Woolridge (@RenaissanceXM) February 21, 2021
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