Hillcrest Hospital expanding morgue with temporary trailers

TULSA, Okla. — Two refrigerated trailers were spotted outside Tulsa’s Hillcrest South Hospital Friday as COVID-19 numbers continue to climb.

Hillcrest confirmed in a statement, “due to the increased Covid-19 rates and mortality in our community, it was necessary to expand resources and capacity. Hospitals work closely with final homes to ensure patients and families are taken care of. In this event that includes expanding the size of our morgue as a service to our partners during the latest surge.”

Friday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) said there are more than 56,000 more COVID-19 infections from July 4 until now, compared to the same time last year.

OSDH added 39 COVID-19 related deaths to the state’s total today, bringing that total to more than 9,200.

OSDH daily data chart:

COVID-19 Cases560,850
New Cases3,080
New Cases 7 day Average2,634
Active Cases23,035
CDC/NCHS Provisional Deaths9,292