AUSTIN, Texas — Rising numbers of coronavirus deaths in Texas has increased demand for refrigerated morgue trailers across the state.
Nearly a third of the more than 3,400 deaths in Texas since the pandemic began have been reported in July alone.
Health officials in San Antonio say they have acquired two refrigerated trailers and expect to have three more by the end of the week. The officials say local hospitals have also ordered trailers.
So have smaller communities on the hard-hit Texas-Mexico border.
Hidalgo County has reported more deaths this month than Harris County, where Houston is. Hidalgo health authorities say it’s not uncommon for a deceased COVID-19 patient to lay on a stretcher for 10 hours in the community’s overcrowded hospitals until the body is picked up and put in a freezer.