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Texas counties renting refrigerator trucks for morgues

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Posted at 1:15 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 14:15:10-04

As Texas continues a weeks-long streak of setting grim coronavirus records, the most somber one was reached Friday: The virus has killed 3,013 people, according to the Department of State Health Services, ABC 13 in Houston reports.

In response, counties prepare for a surge in fatalities, some by requesting trailers to expand their hospital and county morgue capacities, the station reports.

Among the recent deaths were a Northeast Baptist Hospital patient in San Antonio who was in his 30s, a Grand Prairie man in his 40s, a Garland woman in her 60s who had no underlying conditions, a 73-year-old man who was about to go home from a prison rehabilitation program and a baby boy in Corpus Christi who wasn't 6 months old yet, the station reports.

"That's why we're asking people to wear face masks," Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales told a TV station in Corpus Christi. "I am now having to order additional body bags and morgue trailers. People have to understand how real it is."

To read ABC 13's story, click here.