Inmates in El Paso are volunteering to move bodies of Covid-19 victims at medical examiner's office

엘 패소 카운티, 중 하나 텍사스’ Covid-19 hotspots, 코로나 바이러스 피해자의 시체를 옮기기 위해 수감자를 모집했습니다.. They are temporarily relieving overworked personnel at the El Paso County Medical Examiner’s Office, 당국은 말한다.

Nine inmates from an El Paso County Sheriff’s Office detention facility have volunteered to assist the medical examiner’s office, which is currently housing bodies of Covid-19 victims in its permanent and mobile morgues. They have been working at the medical examiner’s office for a week now, said Chris Acosta, public affairs director for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego told CNN affiliate KVIA that the inmates are there tolend a helping handto overworked staff at the medical examiner’s office, where over 100 bodies are being housed in the permanent morgue and mobile morgues.
We’re shorthanded,” Samaniego told KVIA. “People are really tired; nurses and doctors are tired.
    The inmates are alllow-level offenderswho work eight-hour shifts every day, clad in personal protective equipment provided to them by the medical examiner’s office. They’re paid $ 2 an hour and supervised by a sheriff’s deputy and two detention officers, Acosta told CNN.
    Acosta didn’t answer CNN’s question about what else the inmates do at the medical examiner’s office besides transport bodies. CNN has reached out to the El Paso County Medical Examiner’s Office and is waiting to hear back.
    The volunteers are being housed together while they work to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the detention facility and will continue to live together for two weeks after their assignment ends, Acosta said.
    3 월부터, 거의 75,000 people in El Paso County have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a county coronavirus dashboard. Covid-19 cases have especially surged in the last month, and for all but two days in November so far, the county has recorded over 1,000 new cases every day.
      지난 달, funeral homes in the county prepared refrigerated units to house bodies in case they became overloaded. The county also requested four additional mobile morgues last week, which would bring the total of mobile morgues to 10.
      The inmates are working in a temporary capacitythe Texas National Guard has been called to replace them, Acosta said. CNN has reached out to the Texas Military Department for more information on the National Guard’s deployment and is waiting to hear back.

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