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US The National Guard has been deployed to El Paso to provide support with the morgue crisis

03:05  22 november  2020
03:05  22 november  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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(CNN) Members of the Texas National Guard were mobilized to El Paso County, Texas, to help with the morgue crisis as the state battles a surge in A team of 36 National Guard troops has been deployed to " provide mortuary affairs support ," according to the Texas Division of Emergency

The National Guard is seen arriving in El Paso , Texas, today. Texas National Guard troops arrived Saturday in COVID-19-ravaged El Paso to help handle a backlog of dead bodies The county medical examiner’s office had 247 bodies at its morgue and inside nine refrigerated trailers as of Thursday

Members of the Texas National Guard were mobilized to El Paso County, Texas, to help with the morgue crisis as the state battles a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths.

a truck is parked on the side of a building: EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Bodies wrapped in plastic line the walls inside a refrigerated trailer used as a mobile morgue by the El Paso County Medical Examiner's office in El Paso, Texas on November 13, 2020. - Due to a recent spike in coronavirus deaths, El Paso County officials have brought in five mobile morgue trailers with five more on standby. Within the past 48 hours there have been 45 recorded COVID-19 deaths (Photo by Justin HAMEL / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN HAMEL/AFP via Getty Images) © Justin Hamel/AFP/Getty Images EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Bodies wrapped in plastic line the walls inside a refrigerated trailer used as a mobile morgue by the El Paso County Medical Examiner's office in El Paso, Texas on November 13, 2020. - Due to a recent spike in coronavirus deaths, El Paso County officials have brought in five mobile morgue trailers with five more on standby. Within the past 48 hours there have been 45 recorded COVID-19 deaths (Photo by Justin HAMEL / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN HAMEL/AFP via Getty Images)

A team of 36 National Guard troops has been deployed to "provide mortuary affairs support," according to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM).

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EL PASO — El Paso County officials sent out a plea Thursday evening for applicants to work at the “ The Morgue Attendants will be provided maximum PPE [personal protective equipment], and will Samaniego is also waiting for the Texas National Guard to respond to the county’s request to have

The National Guard has already been activated in 23 states to support local law enforcement. According to CNN reports, 17,000 National Guard members had been deployed as of Monday morning, a three-fold increase in just over a day and approximately the same number as active-duty

The team was mobilized Saturday morning "after completing an assessment of the situation on the ground in El Paso County this week," TDEM spokesman Seth Christensen told CNN.

"As we've seen a rapid increase in cases and hospitalizations, we are unfortunately also seeing a spike in deaths. We have been working closely with funeral homes and mortuaries to assist with increased capacity and coordination of resources," El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said in a statement on Twitter.

"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."


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Margo said the city and county have secured a central morgue location to add additional capacity. The location of the morgue will not be disclosed due to privacy concerns, according to the mayor's statement.

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The National Guard serves a dual state and federal role. The guards are state organizations and state laws give Governors serve as the commanders-in-chief of the guards in their states, with the state adjutant generals Utah guardsmen have been deployed recently but not for COVID19 reasons.

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The Texas National Guard was called to replace inmates who were recruited by El Paso earlier this week to move bodies of coronavirus victims to temporarily relieve overworked personnel.

Last month, funeral homes in the county prepared refrigerated units to house bodies in case they became overloaded. The county also requested four additional mobile morgues last week, which would bring the total of mobile morgues to 10.

El Paso, one of Texas' Covid-19 hotspots, reported 1,074 new Covid-19 cases and eight deaths Saturday. The county has recorded a total of 247 coronavirus-related deaths, according to the county health department Covid dashboard.

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More than 255,000 deaths from Covid-19 have been reported in the US since the pandemic began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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