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The Department of Homeland Security has been briefed that New York City's morgues are nearing capacity, according to a department official and a second person familiar with the situation.

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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. OCME's morgues can store up to 900 bodies across all five boroughs, she said.

#1 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-03-25 04:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

RCade This thread should be deleted, its headline is misleading from the reality.

#2 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-03-25 04:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"OCME's morgues can store up to 900 bodies across all five boroughs, she said."

Oh, so the're good for a few more days.

You're an ass, Andrea, a mattress.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-25 04:46 PM | Reply

DHS is warned NYC morgues are near capacity: report

A DHS official and a second person familiar with the situation told Politico that morgues in the city are on track to reach capacity next week. Another person familiar with the situation said some of the city's hospital morgues became full over the past seven days.

But city officials say the city has enacted plans to ready itself for "every possible outcome."

"We're in a public health crisis, and the city has declared a state of emergency," a city hall official said. "As part of that declaration, agencies like OCME have enacted emergency contingency plans to help prepare for every possible outcome."

Aja Worthy-Davis, a spokeswoman for the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), told Politico the concerns presented by the officials might be unfounded. She told The Hill she stands by those statements.

"We don't want people to be alarmed and think the morgues are running out of space," she told The Hill, stating that is not the case as the city expands its capacity.

OCME in Manhattan can hold up to 900 bodies, and every borough of the city has its own morgue, she said, according to Politico.

A former senior administration official told the news outlet that if the morgues hit capacity, the federal government can step in to help. The George W. Bush administration gave mortuary assistance after Hurricane Katrina and 9/11, the official said.


thehill.com

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-25 05:05 PM | Reply

I know! Let's wait until the morgues are full before we ask for help!

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-25 05:09 PM | Reply

Andrea doesn't understand the math. He should really stop talking and do more reading.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-03-25 06:24 PM | Reply

"Andrea doesn't understand the math.
#6 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER "

Apparently neither do the NYC officials in charge of the situation:

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, said concerns about morgue capacity may be unfounded.
You need to call them and set them straight,.

But Brucie's vast and superior knowledge aside, what exactly is the problem?

Give the bodies to the family for burial as per usual business. If families or funeral homes will not accept them, the city is within its legal rights to cremate them and turn the cremains over to the family. Why does the city feel it must hold the corpses in their morgues indefinitely?

I've been involved dealing with dead loved ones and making final arrangements. I don't think in any case any of them were in a morgue (civic or hospital) for more than 24 hours. Are customs or laws different in NYC?

#7 | Posted by goatman at 2020-03-25 06:38 PM | Reply

I saw this on the local news this evening...

New York City sets up temporary morgue amid COVID-19 pandemic
abc7ny.com

... Just days after New York leaders ordered people to stay home, authorities mobilized to head off a potential public health disaster Wednesday, the city's emergence as the nation's biggest coronavirus hot spot a warning flare - and perhaps a cautionary tale - for the rest of the country.

A makeshift morgue was set up outside Bellevue Hospital, and the city's police, their ranks dwindling as more fall sick, were told to patrol nearly empty streets to enforce social distancing....


The TV news had a video showing refrigeration trucks next to tents that were serving as the temporary morgue.


#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-25 06:58 PM | Reply

There is an empty skyscraper they can use.
Start putting them in Trump Tower. It's not like it's being used.
Just have the mayor and governor declare a local and state emergency and take over the building until The crisis is over. The do it to highschool gyms all of the time.

#9 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-03-25 07:02 PM | Reply

"I don't think in any case any of them were in a morgue (civic or hospital) for more than 24 hours."

Did they die from a pandemic with no vaccine and no cure?

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-25 07:17 PM | Reply

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"Did they die from a pandemic with no vaccine and no cure?

POSTED BY SNOOFY "

No.

I didn't realize there were laws in place that said pandemic victims must be held indefinitely. Is that what you are saying? If so, you need to cite that.

#11 | Posted by goatman at 2020-03-25 07:22 PM | Reply

"Is that what you are saying?"

No.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-25 07:24 PM | Reply

"#12 | POSTED BY SNOOFY "

Good. Then if that was your best response and doesn't give a reason my plan isn't workable, I thank you for supporting it.

#13 | Posted by goatman at 2020-03-25 07:25 PM | Reply

"Give the bodies to the family for burial as per usual business."

LOL. I'm sure every family can't wait to get their hands on the deceased bodies of their loved ones, still covered in COVFEFE-45!

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-25 07:33 PM | Reply

RE:#8

"We're putting them out near major hospitals as a precautionary measure to prepare for the worst-case scenario,"
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#15 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-03-25 07:37 PM | Reply

"LOL. I'm sure every family can't wait to get their hands on the deceased bodies of their loved ones, still covered in COVFEFE-45!

POSTED BY SNOOFY "

Then as noted, NYC is within its legal rights to determine the body is unclaimed and can cremate it. They do it all the time with indigents and even non-indigents families won't claim for whatever reasons.

That aside, during the aforementioned actions I had to take dealing with dead loved ones, neither I nor my family never had to come into contact with the corpse. The funeral home picked them up. Is this different in NY? Is the family required to touch the body?

#16 | Posted by goatman at 2020-03-25 07:37 PM | Reply

@#2 ... This thread should be deleted, its headline is misleading from the reality. ...

What is misleading about it?

The headline says that NYC morgues are near capacity. They are.

The part of the article that you quote leaves out an important part...

..."We have the ability to expand pretty dramatically," she said. "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 morgues are near capacity.

But the NYC officials are not concerned, as the article notes, because NYC can create mobile stations that can be used for morgues, and expand that capacity as needed.


#17 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-25 07:51 PM | Reply

Well, no one is playing hockey, so they can stack them up on the ice rinks. No problem.

#18 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-25 08:05 PM | Reply

"Well, no one is playing hockey, so they can stack them up on the ice rinks. No problem.

#18 | POSTED BY BORED "

Why stack them up? Cremate them if the family won't claim them. Ashed don't take up much space.

#19 | Posted by goatman at 2020-03-25 08:06 PM | Reply

Give them a week to be claimed and if they aren't bury them at sea over the nearest Maritime Trench.

#20 | Posted by Tor at 2020-03-25 09:04 PM | Reply

@#18 ... stack them up on the ice rinks....

Like Madrid, Spain?

Madrid to use ice rink as makeshift coronavirus morgue, officials say
www.foxnews.com

...Authorities in Spain will use an Olympic-size ice rink as a makeshift morgue for victims of the coronavirus until funeral homes can take them, officials said Monday.

The repurposing of the 1,800-square-foot rink at Madrid's Palacio de Hielo mall will be coordinated between the regional government and military emergency units, Reuters reported. The mall offered the rink as a venue for a morgue, a city spokesperson told the news agency, as coronavirus cases rose across the city to 10,575 with 1,263 deaths....



#21 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-25 09:07 PM | Reply

Trump's hotels have lots of vacancies. We can stack the bodies there.

#22 | Posted by anton at 2020-03-25 09:22 PM | Reply

This is going to get FAR worse before it gets better and I don't mean just NYC or the metro area. Anyone still in denial? Just the flu?

#23 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-03-25 11:21 PM | Reply

Seen mass causality situations, they generally just get some refer vans and put the corpses in those after they are processed. It isn't a big deal, you can comfortably lay out 60 or so in body bags in a 40'. There are plenty of refrigerated vans out there. This was never an emergency.

#24 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-03-26 05:39 PM | Reply

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