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Texas National Guard troops arrive to help at El Paso’s morgue amid virus death surge

EL PASO, Texas — A 36-member Texas National Guard team arrived in El Paso on Saturday to assist the county morgue with the growing number of dead bodies as a result of Covid-19.

The team was mobilized “after completing an assessment of the situation on the ground in El Paso County this week,” Texas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Seth Christensen told ABC-7.

“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,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said of the guard deployment to the Sun City.

Margo also confirmed ABC-7's reporting on Friday that the city and county had secured a new central morgue location to add additional capacity. The location of that morgue will not be disclosed due to privacy concerns, according to the mayor.

“As we’ve seen a rapid increase in cases and hospitalizations, we are unfortunately also seeing a spike in deaths," Margo explained.

The pandemic is blamed for 853 deaths in El Paso County as of Saturday, including more than 300 since October. Jail inmates were being paid to move bodies and county leaders are in the process of hiring temporary morgue workers at a rate of $27 an hour.

In El Paso, there were 1,074 new Covid-19 cases and eight added deaths reported on Saturday.  Statewide, the Texas health department on Saturday reported a one-day high of 12,597 new virus cases, nearly 20,500 dead since the pandemic began and more than 8,200 virus hospitalizations.

El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego has asked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to support a 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew in the county as mortuaries continue to be overwhelmed. The medical examiner’s office reported that at least 240 bodies were being held at the main morgue and in nine mobile morgues.

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    1. The buffoon still owes our city more than half a million dollars. Mr. Bankrupt will never pay it. Maybe fero2a, danlanders (aka fero2a), madmike, geedubb, nadodave and maga gaga can pay for it.

  1. All of the orange buffoon’s resorts are on a cash only basis with vendors. This is usually a sign of a forthcoming bankruptcy in the hotel business. This has been his history since he bankrupted the casino in Atlantic City.

    1. I couldn’t care less about Trump or Biden. They both should be playing bingo in the day room after lunch. However Trump never owned a Casino. He sold/leased his name to be used as a brand.

    1. Liberals thats whats wrong. They want criminals to live in a mansion with lobster for dinner. The new Biden America driven by hate and violence. It’s only going to get worse.

  2. Original maga you’re an idiot as always. These inmates allready paying their crime with time, paid fees, attorneys, etc…..without the proper checks and balance system, people with your sick mind would abuse everyone based on what you perceive bad behavior. You have that sick white mans mentality.

    1. Bring back the chain gangs and put their worthless butts to work picking up trash on the highway. Maybe that way they can learn the value of hard work and actually learn how to contribute to society instead of living off of it.

  3. Original maga is too low IQ to understand that inmates are not trained in infectious control, etc. Then they catch a disease spread it to other inmates, then it costs more to the taxpayers to treat them. That’s a concept to in-depth for the original Low IQ maga.

    1. So teach them how to do it right. Its not like Ebola that is still transmitted after death. If they can hire people off the streets and train them to do it then they can train prisoner low lifes to do it.

    1. It’s not exploitation. When you commit crimes you give up certain rights. Unless your name is Obama, Clinton, Comey or Biden of course. Then you can commit as many crimes as you want.

  4. Original maga they already gave up their freedom by being in jail. But white mental bigot nut jobs like you who were raised by bigots feel their civil rights and so on must be given up too. This is not the 50s asshole.

      1. Even after they are released they may never be of any value to society. Just take a look at alberto pedo muerto and comadre turner. Useless POS using good people’s oxygen.

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