A crew of 36 National Guard troops has been deployed to “provide mortuary affairs support,” in accordance to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM).
The crew was mobilized Saturday morning “after completing an assessment of the situation on the ground in El Paso County this week,” TDEM spokesman Seth Christensen instructed CNN.
“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 on Twitter.
“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 the metropolis and county have secured a central morgue location to add further capability. The location of the morgue is not going to be disclosed due to privateness issues, in accordance to the mayor’s assertion.
The Texas National Guard was known as to replace inmates who were recruited by El Paso earlier this week to transfer our bodies of coronavirus victims to quickly relieve overworked personnel.
Last month, funeral homes in the county ready refrigerated items to home our bodies in case they grew to become overloaded. The county additionally requested 4 further cellular morgues final week, which might carry the complete of cellular morgues to 10.
El Paso, one in every of Texas’ Covid-19 hotspots, reported 1,074 new Covid-19 instances and eight deaths Saturday. The county has recorded a complete of 247 coronavirus-related deaths, in accordance to the county well being division Covid dashboard.
The variety of US coronavirus instances surpassed 12 million Saturday — a rise of greater than 1 million instances in lower than per week.
More than 255,000 deaths from Covid-19 have been reported in the US since the pandemic started, in accordance to knowledge from Johns Hopkins University.