A workforce of 36 National Guard troops has been deployed to “provide mortuary affairs support,” based on the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM).
The workforce was mobilized Saturday morning “after completing an assessment of the situation on the ground in El Paso County this week,” TDEM spokesman Seth Christensen informed Source.
“As we’ve seen a rapid increase in cases and hospitalizations, we are unfortunately also seeing a spike in deaths. We have been working closely with funeral homes and mortuaries to assist with increased capacity and coordination of resources,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo stated in a statement
“The Texas Military will provide us with the critical personnel to carry out our fatality management plan and we are very grateful to them for their ongoing support.”
Margo stated town and county have secured a central morgue location so as to add further capability. The location of the morgue is not going to be disclosed as a result of privateness considerations, based on the mayor’s assertion.
The Texas National Guard was known as to replace inmates who were recruited
by El Paso earlier this week to maneuver our bodies of coronavirus victims to quickly relieve overworked personnel.
Last month, funeral homes
within the county ready refrigerated items to deal with our bodies in case they grew to become overloaded. The county additionally requested 4 further cellular morgues final week, which might carry the whole of cellular morgues to 10.
El Paso, one in all Texas’ Covid-19 hotspots, reported
1,074 new Covid-19 circumstances and eight deaths Saturday. The county has recorded a complete of 247 coronavirus-related deaths, based on the county well being division Covid dashboard
The variety of US coronavirus circumstances surpassed 12 million
Saturday — a rise of greater than 1 million circumstances in lower than per week.
More than 255,000 deaths
from Covid-19 have been reported within the US for the reason that pandemic started, based on knowledge from Johns Hopkins University.