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Maricopa, Pima Counties Reaching Morgue Capacity

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting morgue capacities in Maricopa and Pima counties.

Maricopa County Communications Director Fields Moseley said planners at the office of the medical examiner are "acquiring coolers and staffing because they are nearing the capacity for body storage."

Moseley said this occurs almost every summer, but the pandemic has further complicated the situation.

In Pima County, the Office of the Medical Examiner "is working to provide additional capacity for hospitals, funeral homes, and mortuaries to store human remains."

A Pima County spokesperson said the capacity has become a problem over the past couple of weeks and attributed the issue to a slowdown in the funeral process.

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Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.