Mobile Morgues may soon be a thing of the past in Amarillo.
The reason is COVID-19 deaths are dramatically decreasing all over the Texas Panhandle.
Although the death rate has decreased, the mortuary’s refrigeration units are still busy due to the continuous backlog on cremations and COVID-19 deaths.
Others morticians have also seen fewer deaths, but continue to be busier than normal are funeral homes.
The demand for cremations were already growing prior to the pandemic but since then, it has accelerated.
Cremations are less profitable for the mortuary industry and in the City of Amarillo most funeral homes don’t have their own crematory.
One of the mobile morgue units left will be picked up Friday or Monday and the other one on February 18.