As New York City continues to lead the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the United States, the city has had to result to some upsettingly drastic measures. With hospitals overrun and the city’s death rate on the incline, funeral homes and hospitals are having to use mobile morgues to accommodate bodies.
New York City Struggles To Accommodate Bodies & Forced To Open Portable Morgues Due To Coronavirus
As the Coronavirus death rate continues to increase in New York City and in-house funeral homes failing to cope with the spike in deaths, the city’s Medical Examiner’s Office has stepped in to provide refrigerated trailers. 130 more mobile morgues are expected to arrive in the city to store the predicted thousands more that will die from the virus.
Funeral homes across the city are not used to collecting hundreds of bodies a day, in such short notice. Owner of Daniel J. Schaefer funeral home, Pat Marmo spoke on the sudden spike in deaths, saying: “Every person there, they’re not a body. They’re a father, they’re a mother, they’re a grandmother. They’re not bodies. They’re people.”
Medical staff working at the Mount Sinai hospital have been pictured wheeling bodies onto similar trailers, situated outside the hospital. According to the Daily Mail, this routine occurred ‘at least’ four times an hour.
Also, in a video posted by NowThisPolitics, a nurse in the city records the mobile morgues that are now situated in hospital car parks. Sounding desperate and distressed, the nurse urged people to “stay home”, saying “This sh*t is serious”.
“We’re getting closer”: Governor of New York says Coronavirus apex in the state is close
Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo predicts that the apex of the Coronavirus is closer than expected. “Depending whose model you’re looking at,” begins the Governor, “We’re somewhere in the seven-day range.”
Andrew Cuomo also thanked the Chinese government for donating 1,000 ventilators, that are now a necessity in a time like this. “This is a big deal and it’s going to make a significant difference for us,” responds Cuomo to the donation. The Governor also added: “I want this all to be over, It’s only gone on for 30 days since our first case. It feels like an entire lifetime.”
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