NYC considers burying coronavirus victims in public parks


Levine said the possible sites for mass burials would be a city park or on Hart Island in the Bronx, where inmates from Rikers Island are typically employed to bury the indigent in potter's field.

Tenpenny (Class of 2005), director of worldwide health with Samaritan's Purse, is leading a 72-member team that opened an emergency field hospital in Central Park on Tuesday, March 31.

Tenpenny, a Murfreesboro native and former medical missionary in the Congo, is among the doctors, nurses, lab technicians and other support staff who were deployed to NY, where the coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the local medical capacity.

The numbers do help explain something that has seemed obvious to people living in the hard-hit Queens neighborhoods served by Elmhurst Hospital, where long lines of people waiting for testing and treatment have been one of the defining images of the pandemic.

On Friday, for the first time, the state recorded more than 10,000 positive tests for the virus in one day: There are now 102,863 confirmed cases in NY state, up from 92,381 on Thursday.

However, a few hours later, Levine released another tweet clarifying that the temporary burials are a "contingency NYC is preparing for" but will not take place if the "death rate drops enough".

He said the typical hospital morgue holds up to 15 bodies.

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There are 525 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), 386 in Fraser Health , 72 on Vancouver Island and 121 in Interior Health . According to Minister Dix, said there are 149 people in hospital and 5 of those in Northern Health . "It's a challenging time".

"Soon we'll start "temporary interment".

Councilman Joe Borelli (R-South Shore) said he has spoken to Staten Island funeral directors who have assured him that they are not concerned about the borough's burial capacity, but he is taking seriously the concerns about using public land for the burial of coronavirus victims.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, however, said the city is not planning to use local parks at this time.

With city hospitals facing a ventilator shortage as coronavirus cases multiply, De Blasio on Tuesday urged vets, plastic surgeons and others who might have the potentially life-saving equipment to lend it for the duration of the crisis.

Cuomo said the state government was applying to the Trump administration to have the USNS Comfort, a U.S. navy medical ship docked in NY, converted to taking Covid-19 patients. "Right now, we're trying to make do with the savings that we have". Some hospitals have needed two or three of the trailers, and most trailers are full, he added.

"It's more important than ever we are the UNITED States of America", Newsom tweeted. It came as the number of deaths in NY state dropped for the first time on Sunday, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "We also hope that other food retailers and suppliers will do what they can to expand free meals at hospitals across this region and around the country".

The New York Fire Department turned out in force to give the doctors and nurses a rousing "thank you".