Amid spike in Covid-19 deaths, El Paso, Texas, requests four more trailers in addition to six mobile morgues already on the ground
County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said the county has requested four more trailers in addition to the six mobile morgues already on the ground to handle a spike in deaths.
That’s as county leaders have already been working with funeral homes and mortuaries on fatality management and government forces have arranged to begin assisting area hospitals, according to Assistant Fire Chief Jorge Rodriguez of the El Paso Office of Emergency Management.
The state also sent nearly 1,400 personnel to assist hospitals in the area, and an alternate care site at the El Paso convention center is also up and running and currently treating about 40 patients. Another 56 ICU patients had to be air-evacuated to other facilities in New Mexico and Texas, Rodriguez said.
“The hospitals are still not manageable. We’re having an inability to manage fatalities,” he told the affiliate. “It leaves me no choice but to lean towards an extension of the order.”
‘We’re just exhausted’
Hospital workers who are battling the crisis on the front lines say they’ve been overwhelmed.
Rose was one of the health care workers from all over the country who were dispatched to New York in the spring, when the state was a hot spot for cases and New York City hospitals were overwhelmed with patients. What he’s experiencing now, he told the affiliate, is “rougher” than the time he spent in New York.
“I’ve seen more death in the last three weeks than I’ve seen in a year,” Rose said. “I’ve done compressions on more people in the last three weeks than I have in a year.”
What led to the surge
About 10% were attributed to parties and reunions, 7.5% were from gyms and 4% were due to large gatherings.
“Our message is don’t let down your guard. Wear your face coverings. Maintain your distancing. Avoid large gatherings. Avoid the family gatherings,” Margo said.
CNN’s Kay Jones contributed to this report.
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