Phoenix, Arizona hospital runs out of morgue space, requests REFRIGERATOR TRUCKS as Covid-19 fatalities mount
Maricopa County “just announced they are going to be getting refrigerated trucks because the Abrazo health care system has run out of morgue beds,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego told MSNBC on Friday.
Gallego, a Democrat, demanded a statewide mask mandate from Republican Governor Doug Ducey.
Phoenix Mayor Gallego says Maricopa Co. has requested refrigerated trucks because one health system in the region has run out of morgue beds. pic.twitter.com/uCeHfzjjLk— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 10, 2020
Earlier in the day, Gallego had told the local TV channel KNXV that only one Abrazo location was “near capacity” and was looking at options to deal with the problem, including possibly using refrigerator trucks. The Abrazo Health system operates five facilities in Maricopa County.
Responding to Gallego's claims, Abrazo later clarified that the morgues were not in fact full, but that they ordered the refrigerator trucks in the event they may be needed, as a proactive measure.
"Abrazo hospitals currently have adequate morgue space...." Abrazo statement after @MayorGallego told national and local outlets that they ordered refrigerated trucks for COVID-19 deaths. The hospital system said they did it as a proactive approach in case it is needed #azfamilypic.twitter.com/GeDNa8G1px— David Caltabiano (@DavidCaltabiano) July 10, 2020
"At this point it is not needed," they said, adding that they agreed with the mayor's recommendations for wearing masks and social distancing.
Phoenix is currently dealing with a heat wave as well as a spike in Covid-19 cases, with temperatures reaching 106 F (41 C) and weekend forecasts of up to 117 F (47 C). The heat makes using regular trucks to store the bodies not an option, as a gruesome New York experience in April demonstrated.Also on rt.com ‘The smell was overwhelming’: DOZENS of decomposing corpses found in non-refrigerated trucks at New York funeral home
With over 76,000 cases of Covid-19 so far, Maricopa County accounts for the lion’s share of Arizona’s almost 117,000 infections. There have been 4,421 new cases and 44 new deaths reported across the state on Friday, according to the state Department of Health Services.
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