Coronavirus: FEMA Deploys Makeshift Morgues Outside New York City Hospital

Date: 2020-04-03 16:14:15

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Medical refrigeration trucks were set up near Bellevue Hospital in New York City after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deployed the vehicles to be used as temporary morgues for COVID-19 victims, according to local media. #Coronavirus #Covid19 #CoronavirusNYC

“We are sending refrigeration trucks to New York to help with some of the problem on a temporary basis,” FEMA Regional Director Thomas Von Essen told media at a press conference.

This footage shows workers building shelves inside a refrigerated medical truck near Bellevue Hospital, and a line of refrigerated trailers next to a truck bearing the New York Medical Examiner logo.

A spokeswoman for the hospital told Storyful that the morgue site had been set up two blocks from Bellevue Hospital by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

There were 45,707 cases of COVID-19 in New York City as of April 1, and 1,374 deaths, according to the city’s health department.
Credit: Daniel Boyar via Storyful

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