Pueblo County coroner activates ‘Deployable Morgue Unit’ to help store bodies

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PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — The Pueblo County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday that it has activated its “Deployable Morgue Unit,” a semi-truck that can help store bodies.

According to the coroner’s office, the semi will be used for “short-term storage of recently deceased persons awaiting final arrangements.”

Like the rest of the Front Range, Pueblo County is currently under “Level Red” restrictions in the state’s dial system.

According to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the county has a two-week average positivity rate of 12.2%. Public health experts say positivity rates should be below 5% to keep a pandemic under control. However, the county has also had 10 days of declining or stable COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Since the start of the pandemic, 11,705 people in Pueblo County have tested positive for COVID-19 and 237 people have died from the virus, according to CDPHE data.

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