The West Texas Town Emerging as COVID’s New Epicenter: El Paso

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Inmates working in the temporary morgues

Right on the border with Mexico, El Paso in Texas is known for its desert landscape, military complexes and plentiful sunshine. Now, it’s making a name as one of the worst hit regions in the nation.

Covid-19 patients account for more than half of all hospital admissions in the county of El Paso, and the case count continues to trend upwards.

Here are five symptoms of the unfolding crisis:

  • Overflowing Hospitals
  • Ten Mobile Morgues
  • Inmates Moving Bodies
  • Six Months, Six Family Members
  • No Shutdown in Sight

As officials race to keep up with the rapidly increasing number of sick people, El Paso city’s convention centre was recently converted into a makeshift hospital to provide extra beds. Some facilities are so overrun that patients are being airlifted to other cities in the state’

Makeshift Morgues ordered for El Paso
NOTE: Graphic content / Bodies wrapped in plastic line the walls inside a refrigerated trailer used as a mobile morgue by the El Paso County Medical Examiner’s office in El Paso, Texas on November 13, 2020. – Due to a recent spike in coronavirus deaths, El Paso County officials have brought in five mobile morgue trailers with five more on standby. Within the past 48 hours there have been 45 recorded COVID-19 deaths (Photo by Justin HAMEL / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN HAMEL/AFP via Getty Images)

Source: BBC and Texas Tribune