Friday evening, officials with the El Paso City-County Office of Emergency Management announced that they had successfully secured the use of National Guard (Texas Military Department) through the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Office of the Texas Governor to support the mortuary affairs in the region.
“As we’ve seen a rapid increase in cases and hospitalizations, we are unfortunately also seeing a spike in deaths. We have been working closely with funeral homes and mortuaries to assist with increased capacity and coordination of resources,” said Mayor Dee Margo.
“The Texas Military will provide us with the critical personnel to carry out our fatality management plan and we are very grateful to them for their ongoing support.”
The City of El Paso in partnership with the County of El Paso has secured a central morgue location to further support the Medical Examiner’s Office, funeral homes and mortuaries with additional capacity.
Officials with the city added that, due to privacy concerns, the location of the morgue will not be disclosed.
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