Well being officers say they’re renting refrigerated trailers to retailer the rising variety of people who find themselves dying from COVID-19 issues.
The demand for the containers is getting larger within the Inland Empire.
Employees at Mid-State Containers have been getting 40-foot refrigerated containers able to ship out. Often they’d go to firms that want chilly storage for merchandise.
“You will have farmers, wineries, breweries, you’ve gotten pharmaceutical firms,” mentioned Mid-State Containers managing director Jake Knotts. “That is the primary time we have skilled hospitals and morgues and mortuaries calling us asking us for speedy chilly storage as a result of they’re sort of in a disaster mode.”
Knotts says over the previous few weeks his firm has rented out dozens of containers to hospitals and morgues everywhere in the state, most of them in Southern California the place the COVID-19 demise toll continues to climb each day.
“We’re seeing an actual large demand for San Bernardino and Riverside counties proper now,” Knotts mentioned. “We have now eight scheduled to go to Riverside County beginning this week.”
Riverside County Emergency Administration Division officers say the rising variety of COVID-19 associated deaths has brought about a ripple impact and it is solely getting worse.
“The rise in fatalities is impacting all people who offers with the mortuary enterprise,” Shane Reichardt, a spokesman for the Riverside County EMD. “Processing the deceased takes longer. Which means it is backing up in our hospitals.”
Knotts says Mid-State Containers can be delivery many extra containers, some throughout the nation, however principally in California.
“We anticipate to be deploying a minimum of 60 to 70 containers over the subsequent six weeks for this COVID response,” he mentioned.
It is a grim reminder of the toll this pandemic is taking over lives in every single place.
“It is very sobering,” Knotts mentioned. “It is very eye opening. It reveals that that is actual.”