morgue | Michigan Radio
WUOMFM

morgue

Wikipedia

The rising number of COVID-19 deaths in Michigan has prompted the state to activate the Michigan Mortuary Response Team (MI-MORT) for the first time in its history.

MI-MORT is a collaborative effort of approximately 40 volunteers from across the state, including medical examiners and investigators, law enforcement, forensic scientists, chaplains and funeral directors.

Oakland County

One Oakland County hospital has run out of space to store deceased COVID-19 patients, so those bodies are headed to the county morgue.

County officials aren’t naming the hospital. But several southeast Michigan hospitals have struggled to find enough store storage space for bodies of the pandemic’s victims.

flickr user Stephan Ridgway / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

Michigan’s climbing number of COVID-19 deaths hasn’t taxed county morgues beyond capacity so far. But it is taxing the capacity of some hospitals and funeral homes.

The state is looking into providing alternative storage space, such as refrigerated trailers, according to the Michigan Hospital Association.