Shipping containers to keep bodies of COVID-19 victims headed to Southern California – KABC-TV

7January 2021

ORANGE, Calif. (KABC)– Cooled shipping containers are on their method to Southern California to keep the bodies of people who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

According to Jake Knotts, co-owner and managing director of Mid-State Containers, 10 of his units were on their method to San Bernardino County on Tuesday. Another 10 were heading to Texas.

“This is certainly the first time we have actually ever seen containers being rented and equipped to keep the deceased and it’s actually, actually odd,” Knotts said.Knotts stated he typically leases them to breweries, wineries, dining establishments and farming. When shelves are added, each will be able to hold the bodies of 50 people who have passed from COVID-19.

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“We’re expecting several containers to be going out into Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside and San Bernardino,” Knotts said.Kimberly Worl,

president of the OC Funeral Directors Association, stated on Tuesday their 35 members were seeing a stockpile in the industry due to the fact that numerous people are dying so quickly.

“We have actually never seen anything like this before,” Worl stated.

Worl has seen chapels developed into storage for embalmed bodies. She stated funeral house directors throughout OC were seeking recommendations for extra freezer.

“When you’re having the influx of these death numbers, we just don’t have the amount of storage area. We don’t have sufficient embalmers. We don’t have sufficient funeral directors to look after everyone,” Worl said.The OC Coroner

‘s Workplace confirmed Monday, staff were seeing a considerable boost in decedents who tested favorable for COVID-19 and issued the following statement:

Given that March 2020, the Orange County Coroner’s office has consistently tested decedents who satisfied specific criteria for the COVID-19 virus. The Coroner’s office has recently seen a considerable boost in decedents who tested favorable for COVID-19. In addition, the Orange County Coroner’s office recently began accepting decedents from local medical facilities to assist with overflow. The Orange County Coroner’s office is prepared to satisfy the need that the COVID-19 virus has created.Pandemic: Demand for oxygen leaves some medical facilities’supply depleted before expected COVID surge A sergeant with the OC Sheriff’s Department told Eyewitness News Monday, the Coroner’s Workplace was nearing capacity for inside storage, but was prepared to satisfy the need with extra

external units.” I don’t believe there are enough cooled containers readily available in the country. There’s a scarcity today of containers, in general, and actually, if mortuaries and medical facilities drag their feet, there’s a strong probability that there’s not gon na be many units readily available, you know, a month or two from now, “Knotts said.In Brea, Todd Beckley, president of Memory Garden Boneyard and Mortuary, stated his 3 Southern California areas were at capacity, but he didn’t prepare to lease extra storage.

“I know there are some funeral houses that have put 75-foot trailers in their parking area, and the difficulty you have when you do that is you’re accepting more and more stays, but the length of time that the family is going to have to wait in order to have those funeral services even gets higher, and my sensation was that the family if they don’t want to wait 2 weeks then they should have the ability of calling another funeral house where they can be served at an earlier time,”Beckley said.Worl confirmed Tuesday, she understood of 4 funeral houses in Orange County who have trailers or containers on their residential or commercial properties. Copyright © 2021 KABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.Source: abc7.com

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