Ariz. county requests refrigerated trucks as morgues hit 97% capacity during pandemic

Ariz. county requests refrigerated trucks as morgues hit 97% capacity during pandemic
Refrigerated shipping container, vessel of choice for bulk-transporting the body parts of the deceased. (Image: Screen grab of YouTube video)

[Ed. – Following in New York’s tracks in the early days of the pandemic.]

As coronavirus cases spike in Arizona, morgues are reporting that they are nearing capacity and some are even requesting refrigerated trucks as backup.

According to the statement, which was obtained by local outlet ABC15, one morgue in Arbazo was “near capacity” and the Maricopa Office of the Medical Examiner was at 97 percent capacity. According to officials, the office of the medical examiner was working to “secure a contract for refrigerator trucks.”

“I’m heartbroken … it’s been a rough week for me,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego told ABC15, reportedly mentioning the White House denying her requests for additional aid. “We are losing too many Arizonans.”

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The Abrazo Hospital System said in a statement to ABC 15 that it has “adequate morgue space [but] has taken a proactive approach by ordering refrigerated storage.”

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