Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - A report out of Anchorage states that Providence Alaska Medical Center has requested at least one refrigerated trailer for the purpose of storing bodies.
According to the Anchorage Press, the move comes as the hospital grows increasingly concerned about a potential surge of patients and healthcare staffing issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement supplied to the Anchorage Press, Providence stated the following:
“Providence Alaska Medical Center has acquired a refrigerated trailer to be used as a temporary morgue, if necessary. The addition of this trailer is part of our emergency response to the pandemic and in response to the recent rise in cases, hospitalizations and deaths statewide. The trailer was acquired via a local vendor.”
Currently, Alaska has over 14,000 active cases of people infected with COVID-19 and more than half of those cases are located within the municipality of Anchorage itself.