New York City is asking FEMA for emergency relief because morgues are expected to reach their capacity within a WEEK
New York has asked FEMA for emergency relief, as the city’s morgues could reach capacity within a week.
Officials fear that the city may not have enough space to store the dead as coronavirus fatalities continue to rise.
An improvised morgue is already being set up outside Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital, as officials warn that in the five boroughs of America’s largest city, there is only enough space to store 900 corpses.
During a briefing on Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security officials were told New York morgues are reaching their capacity, according to Politically.
A department official said they were told that New York City mortuaries are expected to reach capacity next week.
Another source told the point of sale that some of the city’s hospital morgues have reached capacity in the past seven days.
New York City officials have asked FEMA for emergency relief, as the area’s morgues are expected to reach capacity within a week. Pictured: Employees build an improvised morgue outside Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan on Thursday
New York City has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the US, with more than 20,000 cases and 280 deaths from the virus as of early Thursday morning
New York City has become the epicenter of the US pandemic, with more than 20,000 cases and 280 deaths from the virus as of early Thursday morning.
More than 2,800 people in the city are hospitalized for the virus – double three days earlier – and more than 600 are treated in intensive care.
The Big Apple is responsible for more than half of the cases in the worst-hit state in the country, where there are now 30,000 coronavirus cases and nearly 300 deaths.
There are currently about 53,000 beds and 3,000 beds in the intensive care unit available in New York hospitals, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who warned that the state would require 140,000 beds and 40,000 ICU beds to deal with the outbreak.
New York State currently has a 12 percent hospitalization related to coronavirus, Cuomo said.
To prepare for an expected increase in deaths, officials started building the makeshift facility outside Bellevue Hospital this week.
Armed military personnel, NYPD employees, and NYC Medical Examiner’s Office saw huge, dome-like white tents in the parking lot on Wednesday.
Multiple refrigerated trucks were also lined up at the Midtown site along 30th Street and the FDR Drive parkway.
Workers are building an improvised morgue outside Bellevue Hospital to accommodate an expected increase in coronavirus deaths on Wednesday
Crew members set up huge white tents on Wednesday as part of the makeshift facility
Refrigerated trailers are also parked on the temporary morgue
Soldiers and members of the chief medical investigator’s office at Bellevue Hospital, where an improvised morgue is built with refrigerated trailers and tents
Cuomo and other government officials are desperate for additional medical equipment and hospital beds to keep up with the rising number of critical cases.
They have also called for more doctors and nurses to join the fight against the virus, prompting New York University to offer to graduate its medical students early so that they can apply.
All 19 million residents of New York State were placed in a home on March 20 after Cuomo temporarily banned “all nonessential gatherings” to stop the spread of the virus.
Worldwide, the death toll has risen to above 20,000, according to a count held by Johns Hopkins University. The death toll in the U.S. reached 1,000, with more than 68,000 infections.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at a press conference at the Jacob Javits Center that will house a temporary hospital in response to the COVID-19 outbreak
A Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman said New York has requested emergency assistance to the morgue and disaster response is under review.
A former senior government official said that as coronavirus deaths increase and mortuaries reach capacity, federal aid will become available.
This assistance could come in the form of the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the Disaster Response Operational Response Teams, which can establish temporary morgues and operate at the request of local authorities.
Despite the alarm, Aja Worthy-Davis, a spokeswoman for the Chief Medical Examiner’s New York City Office, said concerns about the mortuary’s capacity may be groundless.
She told Politico, “We can expand quite dramatically. 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 when we run out of space. ‘
Worthy-Davis speculated that concerns about the capacity of the morgue may stem from hospital morgues, which tend to be smaller and may come out of space earlier.
After New York’s first positive test returned on March 1 – in a health worker who had traveled to Iran and isolated on return – Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Cuomo initially threw the disease as a dangerous threat, but one that affected the muscular city the city’s hospital system can handle.
Late on Wednesday night in Washington, the U.S. Senate adopted a $ 2.2 trillion conomic bailout in response to a pandemic. The House of Representatives will vote on the package on Friday.