Oregon county asks for morgue truck as COVID fatalities rise

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Noting that the COVID delta variant is spreading like wildfire among the unvaccinated, the leaders of an Oregon coastal county say they no longer have capacity to store the bodies of those who have died. They are now asking the state for a refrigerated morgue truck. The Tillamook County Board of Commissioners said the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus in the county has reached a critical phase. As Oregon shatters its record for daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to overwhelm the health system, an outdoor mask mandate was reinstated in the state on Friday.