Houston News : Texas counties are requesting refrigerated trucks as morgues fill amid coronavirus

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A refrigerated trailer was rolled into a loading area at HCA Healthcare Northwest when that hospital’s morgue became full after a surge of COVID-19 deaths. Photographed July 1, in Houston.

A refrigerated trailer was rolled into a loading area at HCA Healthcare Northwest when that hospital’s morgue became full after a surge of COVID-19 deaths. Photographed July 1, in Houston.

Photo: Steve Gonzales, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

Photo: Steve Gonzales, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

A refrigerated trailer was rolled into a loading area at HCA Healthcare Northwest when that hospital’s morgue became full after a surge of COVID-19 deaths. Photographed July 1, in Houston.

A refrigerated trailer was rolled into a loading area at HCA Healthcare Northwest when that hospital’s morgue became full after a surge of COVID-19 deaths. Photographed July 1, in Houston.

Photo: Steve Gonzales, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

Texas counties are requesting refrigerated trucks as morgues fill amid coronavirus

As the death toll rises in Texas, things are becoming dire in some counties as hospitals fight the coronavirus.

The Texas Tribune reported that Nueces County, which includes Corpus Christi, has requested a refrigerated morgue trailer to accommodate a surge in deaths. Travis County is also in the process of procuring a similar trailer, and Cameron County bought a 53-foot refrigerated trailer in preparation for a surge.

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Last week, the Houston Chronicle reported that a refrigerated trailer was briefly needed at Houston Healthcare Northwest. Memorial Hermann Health System is also deploying trailers “as needed,” while Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center has one on site that has not been used yet.

The Houston region has reported a total of 66,622 coronavirus cases and 658 deaths.

To help curb the spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Sylvester Turner has called for another shutdown.

“I do believe that we need a two-week shutdown, at the minimum of two weeks, and I have proposed this to the Governor so we can help blunt #COVID19 progression,” Turner said in a Monday Twitter post. “If we can not have a shutdown, then at least step back to state’s Phase I. This will allow us to reset and reassess.”





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Source : chron.com