A parking storage in Baltimore has been transformed right into a morgue for greater than 200 our bodies due to a backlog of autopsies.
Staffing shortages and a rise in deaths — attributable to violence, COVID-19 and drug overdoses — are contributing to the backlog of autopsies in Maryland, in keeping with The Washington Publish.
Authorities within the state responded to the swelling variety of autopsies wanted by remodeling a Baltimore parking storage right into a morgue, in keeping with WUSA9. Our bodies are reportedly being saved in refrigerated truck trailers within the storage and a loading dock.
Maryland authorities are paying $30,000 a month to lease the storage, in keeping with WUSA9, citing procurement paperwork given to the Maryland Board of Public Works.
Mortuary automobiles drove out and in of the ability on Monday, in keeping with WUSA9.
The Maryland Division of Well being stated it’s providing aggressive salaries, participating in direct outreach for jobs and assigning a recruitment specialist to assist employees the Workplace of the Chief Medical Examiner, in keeping with WMAR Baltimore.
Moreover, the division has added 21 further positions to employees, consisting of medical experts, toxicologists and assist workers, in keeping with WMAR.
The Federal Emergency Administration Company (FEMA) can also be stepping in to assist by dispatching two pathologists and two pathology assistants to bolster the workplace, WMAR famous.
Various different states are experiencing comparable issues within the health worker places of work, in keeping with the Publish, together with New Hampshire and Washington state. A number of states level to violence, COVID-19 and drug overdoses as drivers of the post-mortem backlog.
The backlog in Maryland comes after the state noticed a spike in day by day COVID-19 circumstances final month. Whereas the variety of day by day infections has since come down, the state’s chief health worker is warning that the post-mortem backlog will doubtless proceed to extend.
Chief Medical Examiner Victor Weedn stated he thinks the backlog will attain 300 later in February, in keeping with the Publish.
The Hill reached out to Maryland’s Division of Well being and Workplace of the Chief Medical Examiner for extra info.