Chippewa County needs new location for morgue, coroner offices, after St. Joseph's closes

Feb. 11—CHIPPEWA FALLS — With the impending closure of HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County Coroner Ron Patten is looking for a new location for the morgue.

"Temporarily, for right now, I have a funeral home in Altoona that would take (bodies) for us," Patten said. "I've dealt with so many big problems, and this is just another problem we'll have to work through. In the end, it will cost the county more, but there's nothing we can do about it."

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