- Texas ordered the deployment of the National Guard in El Paso to help in the tasks of the morgues in the face of the increase in deaths from COVID
- They say so many people have died that the county has posted vacancies for them to attend the morgue
- El Paso County also recruited inmates, paid at $ 2 an hour, to move the bodies of deceased COVID victims.
National Guard in El Paso. Texas ordered the deployment of National Guard troops in El Paso, on the border with Mexico, to help with tasks at the morgue as the city and county face an increase in infections and deaths from COVID-19.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management said in a statement that “after completing an assessment of the situation in El Paso County this week, the state has mobilized a team of 36 members of the Texas National Guard to provide support in mortuary matters starting at 9:00 in the morning ”, reported the television station CBS.
The city’s mayor, Dee Margo, said on Twitter that a “rapid increase in cases and hospitalizations” has led to an “increase in deaths.” The Texas Armed Forces will now provide “critical personnel” to carry out the city’s “fatality management plan”.
The City and County of El Paso have secured a “central morgue location to support the Medical Examiner’s Office, funeral homes and morgues with additional capacity,” he said.
There are now more than 300 people in an intensive care unit throughout El Paso County due to COVID-19. Earlier this month, officials said they were bringing in 10 temporary morgue trailers.
They say so many people have died that the county has posted job vacancies for them to attend the morgue.
El Paso County also recruited inmates, paid at $ 2 an hour, to move the bodies of deceased COVID victims.
Prison work is not unusual, but videos of inmates in striped pants loading plastic-wrapped bodies into refrigerated trucks raised concerns about their treatment during the surge in virus cases, especially as COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons have been a recurring problem throughout the country.
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