Over the course of the last few weeks, the President and the White House coronavirus task force have been warning America about the somber road ahead.
Our nation is now the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, and the focus of the entire medical world is on New York City. This is the city that never sleeps, with a population density that has allowed COVID-19 to spread like wildfire in a drought-stricken forest. Even with our strict social distancing plans in place, the death toll is likely to rise dramatically over the course of the next 10-14 days, overwhelming not only our medical infrastructure, but our post-life caretakers as well.
In The Big Apple, a gruesome possibility is coming into focus.
Councilman Mark Levine said Monday in a series of tweets that the city’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is dealing with the “equivalent of an ongoing 9/11,” as are hospital morgues, funeral homes, and cemeteries.
The freezers at OCME holding bodies of COVID-19 victims will “soon be full,” according to Levine, a Democrat who represents Northern Manhattan.
This has led officials to begin preparing for a morbid possibility.
“Soon we’ll start ‘temporary interment’. This likely will be done by using a NYC park for burials (yes you read that right). Trenches will be dug for 10 caskets in a line,” he tweeted.
“It will be done in a dignified, orderly–and temporary–manner. But it will be tough for NYers to take,” Levin wrote.
Levin would later clarify that this is a contingency plan, and no ground had been broken on the possible project.
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