The Texas Department of State Health Services made a request Aug. 4 through the Texas Division of Emergency Management to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for five mortuary trailers, agency spokesman Douglas Loveday confirmed to The Washington Post, adding the request was made as a precaution. NBC News previously reported the state’s request for mortuary trailers.
The trailers will be kept in San Antonio in case any nearby areas need the additional resource, though Loveday said no specific requests have been made. Still, officials are anticipating a potential need for these trailers in the state. Loveday said FEMA had also provided trailers for earlier increases in covid-19-related deaths.
The seven-day average of new cases in Texas was 15,554 as of Tuesday, and the seven-day average of new deaths was 92.
The state’s seven-day average of hospitalizations was 12,141 as of Tuesday, and the number of ICU covid-19 patients was at 3,131.