Pueblo County deploys refrigerated truck to store bodies as COVID-19 deaths increase statewide

Pueblo has one of the highest COVID-19 death rates in Colorado, recording 141 fatalities per 100,000 people
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Posted at 11:06 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 01:06:44-05

The Pueblo County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday that it has set up a mobile morgue in a semitrailer to store extra bodies as COVID-19 deaths continue to climb across Colorado.

The use of the refrigerated truck comes just a day after hope reverberated throughout the state with the arrival of the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, but reflects just how deadly the third wave of the pandemic has become.

Pueblo County Coroner Brian Cotter said the truck was activated Saturday and can store 40 bodies. It’s the first time the coroner’s office has used a mobile morgue in the pandemic, he said.

“We’re reaching critical capacity in morgue spaces in the county right now,” Cotter said, adding, “There’s an overall increase in deaths. I wouldn’t want to speculate why that is.”

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