Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said East Alabama Medical Center requested he deploy a "disaster morgue trailer" in the event that the hospital's morgue becomes overwhelmed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Harris made the request through the Lee County Emergency Management Agency.
The trailer can hold up to 18 bodies, according to Harris.
"[The morgue] was strictly deployed in the event of a worst-case scenario if the hospital morgue becomes overwhelmed during the COVID 19 crisis we are in right now," Harris said in a press release. "We pray that its use is not needed."
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Eduardo Medina, senior in journalism, is the editor-in-chief of The Auburn Plainsman.