A workforce of 36 National Guard troops has been deployed to “provide mortuary affairs support,” in accordance to the Texas Division of Emergency Administration (TDEM).

The workforce was mobilized Saturday morning “after finishing an evaluation of the scenario on the floor in El Paso County this week,” TDEM spokesman Seth Christensen instructed MeSlop.

“As we have seen a speedy improve in circumstances and hospitalizations, we’re sadly additionally seeing a spike in deaths. We have now been working intently with funeral houses and mortuaries to help with elevated capability and coordination of sources,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo stated in a assertion on Twitter.

“The Texas Navy will provide us with the vital personnel to perform our fatality administration plan and we’re very grateful to them for his or her ongoing support.”

Margo stated the metropolis and county have secured a central morgue location to add further capability. The location of the morgue won’t be disclosed due to privateness issues, in accordance to the mayor’s assertion.

The Texas National Guard was known as to substitute inmates who have been recruited by El Paso earlier this week to transfer our bodies of coronavirus victims to quickly relieve overworked personnel.
Final month, funeral houses in the county ready refrigerated items to home our bodies in case they grew to become overloaded. The county additionally requested 4 further cellular morgues final week, which might deliver the complete of cellular morgues to 10.
El Paso, considered one of Texas’ Covid-19 hotspots, reported 1,074 new Covid-19 circumstances and eight deaths Saturday. The county has recorded a complete of 853 coronavirus-related deaths, in accordance to the county well being division Covid-19 dashboard.
The variety of US coronavirus circumstances surpassed 12 million Saturday — a rise of greater than 1 million circumstances in lower than per week.
Greater than 255,000 deaths from Covid-19 have been reported in the US since the pandemic started, in accordance to knowledge from Johns Hopkins College.

Correction: A earlier model of this story incorrectly said the variety of coronavirus-related deaths in El Paso County and linked to the incorrect county dashboard. The county has recorded 853 coronavirus-related deaths.