ZT: Oregon counties request storage for bodies as COVID-19 deaths spike

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Two counties in Oregon have requested refrigerated trucks to store bodies amid a spike in coronavirus deaths.

Tillamook County and Josephine County placed requests for the trucks earlier this week according to request forms provided to The Hill. A truck for Tillamook arrived on Friday, and officials are working to secure resources for Josephine County.

News of the extra storage for Oregon counties was first reported by The Associated Press.

In her request form, Josephine County Emergency manager Emily Ring said that the county hospital was "exceeding daily cadaver storage capacity and the 5 funeral homes and 3 crematoriums describe themselves as not yet in crisis but at the edge of crisis capacity daily."


Gordon McCraw, Tillamook County emergency manager, noted to officials in his request that their sole county funeral home "is now consistently at or exceeding their capacity of 9." McCraw noted that motor vehicle crashes and suicides had also contributed to a recent increase in fatalities in the county.
According to state data, 70 percent of Tillamook's population aged 18 years and older are vaccinated while 53 percent are vaccinated in Josephine. Fifty-nine percent of the state's population is fully vaccinated, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the state saw 2,046 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. By comparison, cases were in the double digits and low hundreds in June and July.

Earlier this month, Oregon implemented an indoor mask mandate regardless of vaccination status amid a rising number of cases. The state later announced an outdoor mask mandate - the first state to do so.
 
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▲奥勒冈州的医院与停尸间都已爆满,医生只好在走廊看病,尸体也必须被暂放在冷藏卡车,下同。(图/美联社)

受Delta变种病毒影响,美国的疫情近期有急速反弹的趋势。奥勒冈州(Oregon)部分地区的新冠死亡病例迅速飙升,并造成当地的停尸间供不应求,以至于政府不得不调动2辆冷藏卡车来放置尸体。

据美联社报导,由于Delta变种病毒入侵奥勒冈州,西北部的蒂拉穆克郡(Tillamook County)过去1周的死亡人数增加了1倍之多,而西南部约瑟芬郡(Josephine County)也面临停尸间接近饱和的窘境。为此,地方官员只好请求政府协助调动冷藏卡车,以安置无处容身的新冠死者。

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奥勒冈州紧急事务管理署发言人多恩(Bobbi Doan)表示,由于停尸间有法定容纳数量,因此这2个郡才会面临停尸间容量不足的问题,但州政府目前已派出2辆冷藏卡车来解决燃眉之急,并与其他郡协调借出冷藏卡车,「克拉马斯县(Klamath County)借出的冷藏卡车将在9月3日抵达」。

蒂拉穆克郡与约瑟芬郡的疫苗覆盖率分别为70%与53%,当地医院目前仍挤满许多完全未接种疫苗的新冠病患,因此政府不断呼吁人们,「一定要接种疫苗」。
 
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