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Yavapai County Supervisors Approve Funds For “Refrigerated Mobile Morgue/Cadaver Trailer” For County Health Department

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The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved $65-thousand at a special meeting Wednesday, after county health officials asked for an emergency purchase of a “refrigerated mobile morgue/cadaver trailer.” Community health services director Leslie Horton told the board that the need for the trailer is due to a surge in COVID-related deaths in the county. She says the need for more morgue space has come up in the past but says it’s never been “quite as urgent as we’re experiencing right now.” The trailer will hold about 20 additional bodies until they can be moved to funeral homes. Horton told the board they needed to move on the purchase quickly because it’s a competitive bidding process and she fears it would be another “several months” to order another trailer. The board unanimously approved the request. The funds for the trailer will come from the funds the county has from the American Rescue Plan Act. As of Friday morning, there are 55 COVID positive patients at Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s Prescott campus and 29 COVID positive patients at the Prescott Valley campus. Also just over 45-percent of Yavapai County residents are fully vaccinated, whole just over 50-percent have had at least one dose.