(ETH) – As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to hammer the United States, The Department of Homeland Security has reportedly been briefed that New York City’s morgues are now nearing capacity. This report comes from a department official and a second person familiar with the situation. According to Politico, Officials were told that morgues in the city are expected to reach capacity next week, per the briefing.
Another report stated that some of the city’s hospital morgues have reached capacity in the past seven days. Now a FEMA spokesperson reported that New York has requested emergency mortuary assistance. Hawaii and North Carolina have reportedly asked for mortuary assistance as well, and the disaster response agency is currently reviewing the requests, according to the spokesperson.
Many of NY’s homeless are now impacted as well as reports indicate that the number of homeless individuals in the city’s packed shelter system infected with the COVID-19 has exploded to 30 from just a single case reported last week – with one person being referred from the equally stressed public hospital network.
The report from the New York Post, stated that one of the homeless who tested positive were sent to a shelter by a public hospital because the person exhibited only mild symptoms and was not deemed sick enough to be admitted, a Department of Homeless official said.
As the pandemic worsens in New York, state and city officials are now planning to close some streets in the nation’s largest city and may close parks and playgrounds there to contain the coronavirus outbreak as cases across the state surge to 30,811, according to Governor. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday.
The report from NBC, stated that State and local officials are taking a tougher line to enforce social distancing recommendations. The report indicated that city residents aren’t following the state’s guidelines encouraging people to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from each other, which he said was “effective and necessary” to slow hospitalization rates.
“The plan is going to pilot closing streets in New York City because we have much less traffic in New York City. We have many fewer vehicles in New York City,” he said at a press conference in Albany. He said that by opening the streets, fewer people will congregate in the parks. “People want to walk. They want to go out and get some air. You want a less dense area, so pilot closing streets to cars, opening streets to pedestrians.”
Then there is the very chilling report that hospitals across the U.S. are considering universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients. The report stated how hospitals are weighing the “save at all costs” approach to resuscitating a dying patient against the risk of exposing doctors and nurses to the contagion of coronavirus.
The orders are being considered from the risk to staff amid dwindling stores of protective equipment – such as masks, gowns, and gloves – may be too great to justify the conventional response when a patient “codes,” and their heart or breathing stops.
Meanwhile, 13 patients reportedly died from Covid-19 at Elmhurst Hospital in New York, in the past 24 hours, but NYC Health and Hospitals/Elmhurst said in a statement that number is consistent with the number of Intensive Care Unit patients being treated there. “Staff is doing everything in our power to save every person who contracts Covid-19,” the statement said.