Texas deploys National Guard to El Paso to help pandemic-ravaged city deal with overflowing morgues as drones drop off COVID tests so people don’t go outside

Texas deploys National Guard to El Paso to help pandemic-ravaged city deal with overflowing morgues as drones drop off COVID tests so people don’t go outside

The state government of Texas is sending the National Guard to El Paso, the border town that has been ravaged by COVID-19 to the point where its morgues are overflowing with bodies.

The deployment comes as El Paso residents on Friday continued to receive self-administered COVID-19 tests that are being delivered via drones.

The automated drones deliver the testing kits at the doorsteps of customers who ordered them from Walmart.

The retailer is partnering with Quest Diagnostics and drone service provider DroneUp to deliver the kits to customers who do not have to risk contracting the virus by stepping out of their homes.

Earlier this year, Walmart piloted drone delivery of grocery and household products in Fayetteville, North Carolina, as it accelerated the expansion of its pickup and delivery services with virus-wary consumers preferring home delivery.

The drones launched on Friday dropped COVID-19 self-collection kits on driveways, front sidewalks or backyards of homes within a one-and-a-half-mile radius of designated Walmart stores.

The COVID-19 at-home self-collection kits will be delivered to single-family homes at this time.

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Source: Daily Mail