American coronavirus: workers use a forklift to stack bodies in a refrigerated truck outside Brooklyn Hospital
Outside of a Brooklyn hospital, workers have been seen using a forklift to load bodies into a cold store truck in grim scenes that make the human costs of the coronavirus pandemic all too apparent.
On Tuesday, at least 16 bodies were removed throughout the day from the Brookdale Hospital Center in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, which like other hospitals in New York City has been stretched to the limit by the crisis.
It was because U.S. pandemic deaths outnumbered those reported in China, with only the New York City epicenter killing 914 and more than 38,000 confirmed cases.
In Brookdale, two bodies were sometimes carried side by side on the forks of the forklift and loaded into the waiting morgue car.
Baffled workers grimly performed their duty by removing the bodies as soon as possible to free critical hospital space and reducing the moral blow to hospital staff and patients inside.
Workers are now loading the dead by forklift two at a time at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn
Baffled workers grimly performed their duty by removing the bodies as soon as possible to free critical hospital space and reducing the moral blow to hospital staff and patients inside
It wasn’t because U.S. pandemic deaths outnumbered those reported in China, with the New York City epicenter alone responsible for 914 deaths and more than 38,000 confirmed cases
A hospital worker takes a break from working in a temporary mobile morgue, placed due to a lack of space in the hospital, outside Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday
A handful of horrified spectators stopped as they performed pivotal tasks on the nearly empty sidewalks, hard to believe what they saw.
“No one should see a body loaded with a forklift on a public street,” passerby Lydia Ramirez, 32, told the New York Post.
“It is really sad and disturbing to watch. At least set up a tarp or a tent, if only for the dignity of the deceased’s family, ”she said.
Even hospital staff could hardly believe the sight and stared in amazement from the windows of the building.
Inside, however, the scenes were even worse. “The hospitals look like a war zone,” said Dr. Emad Youssef from Brookdale CBS News last week. “People are queuing, through the EMS bay, through the ambulance bay, with masks on their own, with oxygen on their noses.”
Even hospital staff could hardly believe the sight and stared in amazement from the windows of the building
Hospital workers transfer a body on a forklift to a temporary mobile morgue set up due to lack of space
“It is really sad and disturbing to watch. In any case, put up a tarp or a tent, if only for the dignity of the family of the deceased, ‘said one spectator
The grim scenes come when medical personnel now load the dead with a forklift as the audience walks along the open street
Hospital workers transfer a body to a temporary mobile morgue, placed due to a lack of space in the hospital, Tuesday outside Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn
The use of the forklift was first revealed by a Facebook user who posted a video clip on Sunday, clearly emotional at sight.
“You are all really not,” cried the man in a trembling voice.
“Sorry the camera is shaking, but this is real, you are real.”
A hospital spokeswoman said on Tuesday that screens had been ordered to cover the cargo area for the public and that the hospital was awaiting their arrival.
It came when New York City’s cemeteries, morgues, and funerals were completely overwhelmed by the death toll.
The bodies were also transferred by stretcher as workers rushed to move them to the temporary mobile morgue
Two hearses came on Tuesday to pick up some deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Brookdale
Workers load one of the bodies into a funeral car. Funeral directors are overwhelmed by the crisis
Director Mike Lanotte, director of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, said religious cemeteries work with reduced manpower because of remote protocols to reduce the risk to personnel.
“They can’t bury as many people in a day as they normally would and that’s a concern because if there are a large number of cemeteries starting to do this, we’ll start getting – for lack of a better word – a bottleneck Lanotte told the New York Post.
“You get coffins, remains of people who can’t be buried, and that could create a backlog and a public health problem,” he said.
Some of the city’s funerals have already “ expanded, ” and others “ help twice as many families as usual, ” said Lanotte.
Lanotte added that the city’s morgues are “on the brink if not in a state of overcapacity.”
The city currently has room for about 3,500 bodies after adding mobile morgues to tackle coronavirus deaths.
It came when New York City’s cemeteries, morgues, and funeral homes were completely overwhelmed by the death toll
New York State now has 75,795 cases of coronavirus – an increase of 9,298 since Monday – and 1,550 have died
The death toll in New York State rose by 332 overnight and shows no signs of slowing yet
The US has now surpassed China in infection and death rates; there are now more than 181,000 cases in the United States
Patrick Marmo, a funeral director in Brooklyn, is bringing his industry to a breaking point.
“I don’t know how many bodies I can take,” Marmo said Business insider. No one in the New York City area may have enough equipment to care for human remains of this size.
New York State has now died 75,795 cases of coronavirus – an increase of 9,298 since Monday – and 1,550, Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed Tuesday admitting ‘no one knows’ when the pandemic will end, saying the entire country ‘underestimated’ .
At a broad press conference on Tuesday, Governor Cuomo shared how he united the private and public health systems of the state to function as a system ahead of the pandemic “summit” in state hits.
He admitted that he doesn’t know when it will come and that data projections he’s looking at suggest it could happen between seven and 21 days from now.
The death toll in New York State rose by 332 overnight and shows no signs of slowing yet. New figures for the number of new cases and new deaths in New York City have not yet been released.
The US has now surpassed China in infection and death rates; there are now more than 181,000 cases in the United States and 3,699 people have died.
Governor Cuomo told people to settle down for a longer period of crisis than they expected and said “we still have to descend to the other side of the mountain” even after the peak occurred.