Refrigerated trucks requested in Arizona, Texas as morgues reach capacity amid COVID-19 surge

  

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Via:  krishna  •  3 weeks ago  •  8 comments

By:   The Associated Press and FOX 10 Phoenix, FOX 4 Dallas-Fort Worth and FOX 26 Houston contributed to this report.

Refrigerated trucks requested in Arizona, Texas as morgues reach capacity amid COVID-19 surge
Some Arizona and Texas counties are running out of space in their morgues and have put out calls for refrigerated trucks in which to store bodies

Important related article: Florida Sets Coronavirus Death Record , Hours After Gov. DeSantis Said State Had ‘Stabilized’


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A morgue trailer, currently not in use, at the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s office in Corpus Christi on Friday. As some morgues fill up due to Texans dying with coronavirus, officials are seeking ways to increase their ability to store the bodies. (Photo credit: WFAA)

PHOENIX — Some Arizona and Texas counties are running out of space in their morgues and have put out calls for refrigerated trucks in which to store bodies and help take some pressure off of local medical examiners’ offices.

A long-expected upturn in U.S. COVID-19 deaths across the U.S. has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West.

The number of deaths per day from the virus had been falling for months, and even remained down as states like Florida and Texas saw explosions in cases and hospitalizations — and reported daily U.S. infections broke records several times in recent days.

Scientists warned it wouldn’t last. A coronavirus death, when it occurs, typically comes several weeks after a person is first infected. And experts predicted states that saw increases in cases and hospitalizations would, at some point, see deaths rise too. Now that’s happening.

In Arizona, one Phoenix hospital has called for morgue trucks to help alleviate a rapidly growing death count due to the ongoing pandemic.

A spokesperson for Abrazo Health told FOX 10 Phoenix that while its hospitals currently have adequate morgue space, the state has asked hospitals to implement emergency plans.

The Arizona Department of Health Services said that 671 COVID-19 patients were on ventilators and 936 were occupying ICUs as of July 12. Hospitals were hovering around 90% capacity, according to FOX 10.

As Texas continues a weeks-long streak of setting grim records, another somber one was reached Friday as the state surpassed 3,000 lives lost to COVID-19, according to the Department of State Health Services. Just a day before that, the state reported more than 100 deaths in a single day


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Krishna
1  seeder  Krishna    3 weeks ago

Some Arizona and Texas counties are running out of space in their morgues and have put out calls for refrigerated trucks in which to store bodies and help take some pressure off of local medical examiners’ offices.

A long-expected upturn in U.S. COVID-19 deaths across the U.S. has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West.

 
 
 
Krishna
2  seeder  Krishna    3 weeks ago

The number of deaths per day from the virus had been falling for months, and even remained down as states like Florida and Texas saw explosions in cases and hospitalizations — and reported daily U.S. infections broke records several times in recent days.

Scientists warned it wouldn’t last. A coronavirus death, when it occurs, typically comes several weeks after a person is first infected. And experts predicted states that saw increases in cases and hospitalizations would, at some point, see deaths rise too. Now that’s happening.

 
 
 
Krishna
3  seeder  Krishna    3 weeks ago

The Arizona Department of Health Services said that 671 COVID-19 patients were on ventilators and 936 were occupying ICUs as of July 12. Hospitals were hovering around 90% capacity, according to FOX 10.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4  Buzz of the Orient    3 weeks ago

They could always buy those thousands of urns that were supposedly delivered to crematoria in China for the dead Chinese who were dropping dead like flies in the streets and causing people to have to make their way around the bodies. 

 
 
 
Krishna
4.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    3 weeks ago

They could always buy those thousands of urns

That might work in the Winter! (And in the more Northerly states).

But remember, its now Summer...and the majority of new cases are all in the South!!!

(And it does get really, really hot in the Summer in places like Texas, Florida, and Arizona!)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Krishna @4.1    3 weeks ago

Well, then just plug the tops to contain the smell. 

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
5  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    3 weeks ago

I really thought that Gov. Abbott was beginning to care about Texans more than he did about staying in Trump's good graces.  Stupid on my part, I guess.  Now we are in a bigger mess than we were before.

 
 
 
Krishna
5.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @5    2 weeks ago
I really thought that Gov. Abbott was beginning to care about Texans more than he did about staying in Trump's good graces

He's trying to pretend that he cares about his fellow Floridians...but more and more people are starting to see thriough his act.

 
 
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