What New York did to handle the second wave of corona



New York City authorities were in a state of shock at the first wave of coronavirus. Their ability to bury the dead in Corona was questioned. So the New York authorities have already begun preparations for the second wave of Corona.

The New York Times reports that the long-term cold storage facility was opened at the Brooklyn Pier in New York City in late April this year. This cold storage can hold at least 1,500 bodies at a time.

There is a sign at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal reading 'Funeral Director'. A large warehouse is seen in front of this sign. It has 20 frozen trailers, each 53 feet long. Park them in rows.

Officials in New York City believe the new cold storage will help them avoid a repeat of the most tragic tragedy of the first wave of Covid-19. 

Increase the power of city authorities in burying and preserving dead bodies.

Pierre's cold storage had about 560 bodies earlier this month, most of which had been stored there for several months. There are hundreds of more places to keep the bodies.

As the virus spread across the United States, many states and cities in New York are using frozen trailers to increase the capacity of the extra morgue. 

In Texas, 10 frozen trailers were delivered to El Paso in early November. California Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that the state has 700 frozen trailers as temporary morgues.

Between March 14 and June 18, 17,507 people died in New York City after the outbreak of the coronavirus. At the beginning of April, 800 people died in a single day.

More than 135 refrigerated trailers were placed on the roads around the city's hospitals.

 But that was not enough. It became one of the lasting images of the city's crisis. The shelves for the corpses were placed in the trailer. 

The capacity of the trailer was doubled as there was no room for cremation at the funeral home. The death toll was so high that funeral institutions could not bury the bodies.

A forklift was used to lift the bodies in the trailer of a hospital morgue in Brooklyn. Rotten corpses were found piled up in a U-Hall hearse. 

A few weeks later the situation worsened. South Brooklyn morgues are filled with more corpses due to lack of burial opportunities. Corpses lie in the freezer for months on end.

John Fudenberg, executive director of the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, said the freezers they now bring could store corpses for a long time. 

The benefits of testing have been found. He thinks that in the future, these will work better because it will be more socially acceptable than temporary burial.

The first wave of corona taught everyone the hardest thing about keeping corpses safe. 

Before the start of the second wave in Corona, hospitals, funeral directors and medical examiners in the city reviewed the issue and came up with a new way.

I am confident, we are ready for the worst situation of the second wave of Corona. 
But I hope that the situation we fell into in the spring will not be the same in the future. '
Dr Barbara Sampson, the chief medical examiner in New York City

Last week, officials said the city's government hospitals were shutting down non-essential surgeries to cope with the growing pressure on Kovid-19 patients. 

Covid-19 now accounts for about 35 per cent of all deaths in the city. At the beginning of November, the average daily rate was below 10 per cent.

Health officials hope the second wave will not be as fragile as the first. Because, the government is more careful than before, the vaccine has come without it. 

According to the Greater New York Hospital Association, 15 bodies can be kept in the internal morgue of each hospital. 

By mid-December, about 25 per cent of these morgues were filled with corpses. However, the funeral directors have not yet given the estimation of the bodies deposited.

The city's chief medical examiner said. Barbara Simpson said, ‘We always plan with bad situations in mind. 

I am confident, we are ready for the worst situation of the second wave of Corona. 

But I hope that the situation we fell into in the spring will not be the same in the future. '

Multiple funeral directors have said, ‘There are still an average of one and a half hundred deaths a day in the city. 

So if an extra 100 people die every day because of Covid-19, they may be under pressure to bury the dead.

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