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The National Guard has been deployed to El Paso to provide support with the morgue crisis

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Members of the Texas National Guard were mobilized to El Paso County, Texas, to help with the morgue crisis as the state battles a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths.

(CNN)Members of the Texas National Guard were mobilized to El Paso County, Texas, to help with the morgue crisis as the state battles a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths.

A team of 36 National Guard troops has been deployed to "provide mortuary affairs support," according to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM).

The team was mobilized Saturday morning "after completing an assessment of the situation on the ground in El Paso County this week," TDEM spokesman Seth Christensen told CNN.

We have been working closely with funeral homes and mortuaries to assist with increased capacity and coordination of resources," El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said in a statement on Twitter.

The Texas National Guard was called to replace inmates who were recruited by El Paso earlier this week to move bodies of coronavirus victims to temporarily relieve overworked personnel.

The county also requested four additional mobile morgues last week, which would bring the total of mobile morgues to 10.

El Paso, one of Texas' Covid-19 hotspots, reported 1,074 new Covid-19 cases and eight deaths Saturday.

The county has recorded a total of 247 coronavirus-related deaths, according to the county health department Covid dashboard.

The number of US coronavirus cases surpassed 12 million Saturday — an increase of more than 1 million cases in less than a week.

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