New York City Morgues Near Capacity
New York City morgues are almost full with the influx of coronavirus deaths.
“We have the ability to expand pretty dramatically,” New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner spokeswoman Aja Worthy-Davis told Politico. “If you look back at what we did during 9/11, we have the ability to create mobile stations that allow us to house bodies if we run out of space.”
The Department of Homeland Security was notified that New York City’s morgues are nearing capacity, a federal official and another individual with knowledge of the matter told Politico.
Officials were told that morgues in the city are expected to reach capacity next week, per the briefing. A third person familiar with the situation in New York said that some of the city’s hospital morgues hit capacity over the last seven days. If the available morgue space in New York City fills up as the number of COVID-19 deaths increases, federal help will be available, a former senior administration official said, noting that the George W. Bush administration sent mortuary assistance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the September 11 attacks.
For now, city officials do not seem especially alarmed. Aja Worthy-Davis, a spokesperson for the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), said concerns about morgue capacity may be unfounded. In Manhattan alone, she said, OCME’s morgue can store up to 900 bodies. The city has a morgue for each of the five boroughs, she said. More
Yet another gleaming example of incompetent Democrat Party control. It certainly does prove that Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dropped the ball and want us to forget about the rest of the country and concentrate on their fatal errors.
So, 285 deaths statewide puts you near capacity? That means a plane crash or major chemical incident could do the same thing, but this is not a planning problem on your part?
Sounds like you might want to spend less on parades in Chinatown and more on infrastructure.
— Derek Smalls (Phildonicus Lascivious Grabbus II) (@DerekSmalls18) March 25, 2020