Things are getting bad up here in the frozen north.

Courtesy of the Anchorage Press:

The Providence Alaska Medical Center Emergency Response Team has requested at least one refrigerated trailer for the purpose of storing bodies as the hospital grows increasingly concerned about a potential surge of patients and healthcare staffing issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Anchorage Press has learned.

Refrigerated trailers are used during times of crisis when hospitals run low or are out of space and local funeral homes don’t have extra capacity to store bodies. Hospitals need to be able to quickly turn over their beds so that they can be used for new patients. Refrigerated trailers are the solution to hospitals’ logistical dilemma and are currently being used in other cities such as San Antonio and El Paso, Texas.

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.

We went for so long being relatively untouched, but now we are knee-deep in the shit right along with the rest of the country.