Arizona and Texas have called in refrigerated trucks to store bodies as coronavirus deaths surge in the states.
Texas reported an all-time high of single-day deaths Thursday with 129 people dead, bringing the total to 3,561. In Arizona, 58 people died, bringing the state’s death total to 2,492. Officials are reporting a backlog of bodies in funeral homes as deaths surge.
“If there’s nowhere to release them to, i.e. a funeral home, then that’s when we have to start storing bodies longer than we’re typically storing bodies at the medical examiner’s office,” Maricopa County, Arizona’s Executive Director of Public Health Marcy Flanagan said Thursday at a press conference.
The Office of the Maricopa County Medical Examiner said it is currently at 63% morgue capacity but has brought in 14 cold storage containers if necessary.