NYC hospitals using refrigerated trucks as temporary morgues

A spokeswoman for Lenox Hill Greenwich Village Hospital in downtown Manhattan, where several refrigerated trucks were seen outside, told Fox News that the city’s hospital systems are “actively preparing for a surge in COVID-19-related hospitalizations.”

OCME and the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) offered refrigerated truck trailers to all of NYC hospitals and the trailers are located at most of the hospitals throughout the city, the spokesperson said as the city works to “collectively tackle the COVID-19 health crisis.”

It is unclear of how long the trailers will be needed as the crisis continues to evolve, the spokeswoman said.

“Northwell Health hospitals have plans in place to handle a surge in patient volume and can increase our patient capacity by 60 percent if needed,” she added. “We are confident in our ability to meet this challenge. At this time we are not planning on setting up field hospitals.”

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