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El Paso County bringing in mobile morgues as virus death toll grows

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A morgue trailer at the El Paso County Medical Examiner's office.

EL PASO, Texas -- A mobile morgue is now in El Paso, and a second one is on its way due to the high rate of coronavirus deaths here, ABC-7 has learned.

The mobile morgue already in place is located outside the county Medical Examiner's Office, according to County Commissioner David Stout.

He said the Medical Examiner's morgue is at 75% capacity right now, and the mobile unit already here has a capacity of 20 bodies. The second unit, due to arrive next week, can hold up to 40 bodies.

Stout said acquiring the mobile morgues is a precautionary move as the county's death toll rises. The death toll as of Friday stood at 177 in El Paso County, with 18 deaths in just the past two days.

"This is very serious, and we're just seeing a huge increase in the number of cases and that means more people are going to be sick. That means more people are going to be in the hospital," he told ABC-7. "There are folks - many, many folks who have underlying conditions."

El Paso becomes the latest Texas county to receive refrigerated trailers to hold bodies as morgues fill up across the state.

According to recent reports from the Texas Tribune and CNN, other Texas communities doing similar include:

  • In Corpus Christi, where their morgue is already full, Nueces County received an extra morgue trailer provided by FEMA. The refrigerated truck has a temperature-control system and can accommodate up to 40 more bodies, adding to the current 12-body capacity located inside the morgue building itself.
  • The city of Austin and Travis County have procured a refrigerated truck "to face the surge in Covid-19 deaths,” officials there said.
  • Cameron County bought a 53-foot refrigerated trailer in preparation for its morgue becoming full.
  • Hidalgo County is sharing a refrigerated FEMA trailer with neighboring Cameron County.
  • In Houston, HCA Healthcare Northwest has a refrigerated trailer that is being used as temporary storage before the transfer of bodies from the hospital to funeral homes.
  • Williamson County assembled a mobile morgue it ordered from a vendor to be prepared for the worst.
  • The city of San Antonio and Bexar County have secured several refrigerated trailers to store bodies until they can be released to funeral homes.
  • The Dallas County morgue has been using an external refrigerated truck due to the increased caseload.

With skyrocketing coronavirus hospitalizations in numerous Sun Belt states, hard-hit counties in Arizona are also bringing in refrigerated trucks as their morgues fill up too.

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Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.

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61 Comments

  1. When we beat this virus, a serious effort needs to be made to imprison all elected officials that engaged in behavior contrary to the health experts’ advisories. Starting with the orange buffoon. Next would be that piece of human feces Georgia governor.

    1. We beat the virus? Really? A serious effort to bring you to justice along with all the racist demoKKKrats. Now that will be justice. No one elected the health officials. They’ve been wrong on everything since the start. You going to bring them to justice too? Doubt it. Your’e just a blowhard wanna be liberal scumbag. Go play with your invented alberto muerto.

    2. I serious effort must be made to round up all communist subversives and anti-Americans like markturner aka Alberto. Just like the Feds are doing in Portland. Alberto loves talking mierda cause he is mierda and a scumbag.

        1. Some of us are willing to come for you now. Why don’t you meet me at the Wendy’s on Paseo del Norte and Northwestern? I drive a metallic grey Land Rover. I’ll be there at 9PM this evening.

          1. Now you’re being as stupid as these fuckheads. I disagree with 90% of what you say, but don’t take it personally from me or these nitwits. These fucktards don’t deserve your time outside of posting here. They’re unmarried idiots who live in their mom’s spare room. They do not use their real name because they know they’d be fired from their government jobs for posting racist diatribe. They are too scared to show their face to anyone. Don’t take the bait.

          2. The third time you challenged me and didn’t show. And I know what you look like and the beater you really drive.

          3. I can sum up your whole life in one word, alberto, and that word is “FAILURE”. You have failed at everything you have ever done, and like your ilk, blamed it on “The Man”, racism or the system. You blamed the Navy for throwing you out, because for people like you, it is always someone else’s fault. You blame your position in life, living in Section Eight housing and living off of Social Security and food stamps on the “system”. You have never accomplished anything in your whole 65 or so years of life. I am sure that you blame your ex-wife on your failed relationship. You live in an alternate universe, with a multi-personality disorder.

          4. According to our attorney, I made a mistake by going there. He said that by going there, both of us would have equally been the aggressor. Like agreeing to a duel or a gunfight. But, if I do run into you, I will be prepared to defend myself.

  2. The mobile morgues are not being used. They are just a precaution. Just like the Navy Ship in NY. It was never used. President was just ahead of the game just in case gov cuomo wanted to send people there instead of sending infected people to the senior citizens homes where over 30,000 died because of the geronticide of helpless older folks. This is marxism 101. And it may be coming to a place near you if we let these evil demoKKKrats win the WH.

    1. Morgues are a precaution? Per nadodave! Lol. The morgues are coming after you. Lol. Pendejo moron idiota, estupido, low IQ. Brainless LE…….the morgues are not precaution. They ain’t coming after you! Lol. Mobile morgues are “back up” to our local capacity. Learn to talk educated pendejo.

          1. Check leftist polls weighted in favor of Demorats? These polls are there to make you feel happy. How’s the results of 2016 treating you? LMAO. Unless crazy Joe Biden is 95 points ahead he will lose. Just ask Hillary.

  3. Morgues for moronic in denial Repugs. Burn, dont bury, the bodies of Republkklans since thry refuse to go along with the Covid19 mask program.

  4. Mierdave you are an ignorant Covid denier just like your president and his governor stooges in Georgia and Florida. Morgues a precaution? No idiot! They will be used to put actual bodies in them thanks to the Denier in Chief Trump. He’s never had a plan for covid because he’s like you, an ignoramus idiot who only cares about getting a second term. Get out of your bubble and look around. Biden has a HUGE lead over your daddy. And the Senators are going down with the ship. Democratic Landslide. Look at all the polls dummy!

    1. Mexico pay for what? Dead El Pasoans? You are stupid on top of stupid. Your boy Trump will Pay in November when the people will round up Trump and his ass lickers and throw them to the curb.

  5. If the county morgue, for a county of over 700k people, can only handle 20 bodies then some people need fired for lack of planning.

    We’ve had 177 deaths in what, a 6 month period? That averages out to less than one death a day. Why are bodies in the morgue that long? Are families not claiming bodies? No reason for a body to be there more than 7 days and that’s with a full autopsy.

    If someone is unclaimed after 10 days, fire up the backhoe and bury them in a pauper’s grave. It has nothing to do with being callous and everything to do with using limited resources in an efficient manner.

    We need more panic. With 177 dead that puts the county death rate at 0.0252%.

  6. All kidding aside, the orange buffoon will most likely be charged with tax fraud crimes in the SDNY and in state courts in Manhattan. As of now there is no statute that describes criminal malfeasnce in office or dereliction of duty, but congress should seriously consider codifying such offenses so as to prevent future politicians from damaging the country. The orange buffoon has engaged in criminal behavior since he first took office and he should be forced to serve some jail time. His complete failure to address the pandemic is just the latest of his crimes.

    1. What tax fraud? SDNY is DOJ under Trump. You that desperate and delusional. Your buddy Biden losing? You are wasting your time ranting here. You are preaching to the choir.

        1. Don’t really need to wait for Sleepy Joe. The lady in charge now has vowed to continue the work of her two predecessors the orange buffoon had fired to save his ass. She’s even more committed to get that piece of filth.

  7. People in the hundreds are dying of Covid19 everyday, and what is Trump doing meanwhile? Posing with Goya canned products with that fake, goofy smile of his, and talking about the efficiency of washers and lightbulbs. Is this guy for real? Is this the guy Republicans want as President? Apparently the answer is yes.

    1. They don’t want him either. They know he’s taking them down with him. They are hoping he will drop out considering his abysmal polling numbers. But then who would take his place? Pence?

  8. Goya products shelf was empty in the supermarket. Either the boycott is working or you bought the supermarket out of all Goya products. Doesn’t Trump get tired of messing up? Nah, I think he is doing it all on purpose. Who else could be that Stupid? Wait for it….Trump Is!

    1. Nope. We are buying up all that good Goya stuff against your leftist boycott. Walmart may have a few cans left of refried beans for you Alberto. To keep your mierda mouth going. BTW – The Goya CEO says to eff off.

    2. The Goya isle in both Albertson’s and the Commissary were depleted. I asked a stocker, and she told me that the boycott has turned into a buycott. Goya is selling very well.

      1. Interesting. One of their trademarks is “FROM THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW BEANS!”. Plenty of fuel for Alberto’s mierda mouth but the moron insists on a leftist boycott that isn’t working. I like their pasta and antipasta products.

  9. Fero2 (going by AlbertVelarde a false name, madmike and nadodave love to see El Pasoans suffer and hate this city so much, I wonder if they even live here since they hide behind their cowardly names. Get out of my city and country fools. You guys are disgusting human beings. No matter what you say, you put out that energy and it is already on it’s way back to you.

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