New York City Builds Makeshift Morgue to Handle Expected Rise in Coronavirus Deaths


New York City has erected a makeshift morgue outdoors a hospital to deal with the anticipated rise in deaths as a result of coronavirus outbreak. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) confirmed to Newsweek that the refrigerated tents outdoors Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan have been constructed as a part of contingency plans in case the town’s everlasting morgues attain capability.

Aja Worthy-Davis, a spokeswoman for the medical expert’s workplace, mentioned in a press release, “We’re in a public health crisis, and the city has declared a state of emergency. As part of that declaration, agencies like OCME have enacted emergency contingency plans to help prepare for every possible outcome.”

New York City Builds Makeshift Morgue to Handle Expected Rise in Coronavirus Deaths
Workers and members of the National Guard construct a makeshift morgue outdoors of Bellevue Hospital on March 25, 2020 in New York City. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

New York City’s morgues can accommodate between 800 and 900 our bodies at a time, however they are not near reaching capability but, Worthy-Davis instructed the New York Daily News reported. But officers are making ready for the demise toll within the metropolis, which has change into the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic within the U.S., to proceed rising.

The tents and vans outdoors Bellevue Hospital can accommodate as much as 3,600 our bodies, Worthy-Davis added.

New York is by far the worst-hit state with greater than 33,000 confirmed instances and 325 deaths as of Thursday, in accordance with a tally by The New York Times. The state — which has been testing aggressively — accounts for nearly half of all confirmed COVID-19 instances within the U.S.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned on Wednesday that the variety of individuals hospitalized within the state had climbed to three,800, together with nearly 900 in intensive care. The peak of the outbreak continues to be weeks away, he added, however he mentioned there have been indicators that the measures put in place to gradual the virus’s unfold have been working.

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) mentioned the U.S. has the potential to change into the brand new epicenter of the pandemic.

“We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the U.S. So it does have that potential. We cannot say that is the case yet but it does have that potential,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris instructed reporters, in accordance with Reuters. The U.S. has “a very large outbreak and an outbreak that is increasing in intensity,” Harris added.

The U.S. has the third most coronavirus instances after China and Italy. According to Johns Hopkins University, there are nearly 70,000 confirmed instances and the variety of useless had surpassed 1,000 on Thursday. More than 600 individuals have recovered.

Globally, the novel coronavirus has sickened greater than 485,000 individuals and killed greater than 22,000. More than 117,000 individuals have recovered. The graphic under, supplied by Statista, reveals the variety of confirmed COVID-19 instances within the U.S. as of March 26.

New York City Builds Makeshift Morgue to Handle Expected Rise in Coronavirus Deaths
This infographic reveals the variety of confirmed COVID-19 instances within the U.S. as of March 26. Statista

World Health Organization recommendation for avoiding unfold of coronavirus illness (COVID-19)

Hygiene recommendation

  • Clean palms incessantly with cleaning soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash palms after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; earlier than, throughout and after meals preparation; earlier than consuming; after utilizing the bathroom; when palms are visibly soiled; and after dealing with animals or waste.
  • Maintain not less than 1 meter (Three ft) distance from anybody who’s coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your palms, nostril and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nostril with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue instantly and clear your palms.

Medical recommendation

  • Avoid shut contact with others if in case you have any signs.
  • Stay at residence in the event you really feel unwell, even with delicate signs comparable to headache and runny nostril, to keep away from potential unfold of the illness to medical amenities and different individuals.
  • If you develop severe signs (fever, cough, problem respiration) search medical care early and speak to native well being authorities upfront.
  • Note any current contact with others and journey particulars to supply to authorities who can hint and stop unfold of the illness.
  • Stay updated on COVID-19 developments issued by well being authorities and observe their steerage.

Mask and glove utilization

  • Healthy people solely have to put on a masks if taking good care of a sick particular person.
  • Wear a masks in case you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are efficient when utilized in mixture with frequent hand cleansing.
  • Do not contact the masks whereas sporting it. Clean palms in the event you contact the masks.
  • Learn find out how to correctly placed on, take away and eliminate masks. Clean palms after disposing of the masks.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.
  • Regularly washing naked palms is simpler in opposition to catching COVID-19 than sporting rubber gloves.
  • The COVID-19 virus can nonetheless be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.