Mobile Morgues Arrive In El Paso As COVID-19 Deaths Rise
El Paso has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic battle for months now and it is apparently only going to get worse in the future. This past weekend, the City announced over 400 new coronavirus positive cases, and a move that was made is stark reminder that officials see the death toll going up.
The Medical Examiner's office says that the El Paso area morgues are seventy-five percent full and they need to make sure that they have proper facilities to store the bodies of those who have died from COVID-19. El Paso has had one mobile morgue but we are getting another one. The first mobile morgue is set up to handle 20 bodies. The second will be able to accommodate up to 40 bodies.
The Medical Examiner's office has not had to use the first mobile morgue as of yet, but the fact that they had to request a second mobile morgue because of the spike in hospitalizations in El Paso is a frightening thought. Part of the problem is hospitals not being able to get signatures for people who have died from the disease so the bodies have to be stored until those signatures can be obtained.
City and County leaders are literally begging El Pasoans to stay home if possible, but if you have to go out, make sure you socially distance, wear a face cover, wash your hands with soap and water often, and if you aren't feeling well, please stay home until you do.