Texas calls in National Guard to help morgues overwhelmed by coronavirus deaths – National

Texas calls in National Guard to help morgues overwhelmed by coronavirus deaths - National


By
Staff

The Associated Press


Posted November 22, 2020 9:53 am


Smaller font
Descrease article font size
-A


Larger font
Increase article font size
A+


The Texas National Guard has sent a 36-member team to El Paso to assist morgues in the border region with the number of dead as a result of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.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.“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 late Friday when the deployment was announced.

Trending Stories



U.S. judge throws out Trump’s bid to stop Pennsylvania’s election certification



U.S. Election: Trump campaign requests recount of Georgia’s ballots

Read more:
Texas becomes first U.S. state to top 1M coronavirus cases amid nationwide surges

The pandemic is blamed for 853 deaths in El Paso County, including more than 300 since October. Jail inmates are being paid to move bodies and county leaders are offering $27 an hour for morgue workers. Story continues below advertisement

County Judge Ricardo Samaniego, in a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott asking for support for a 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew in the county, said mortuaries are being overwhelmed. He wrote that the local medical examiner’s office reported that 234 bodies were being held at the main morgue and nine mobile morgues.


© 2020 The Canadian Press




JOURNALISTIC STANDARDS




REPORT AN ERROR



Leave a comment



Comments

Via Source link