As the number of coronavirus deaths overwhelms morgues and funeral homes, some of the storage trucks that hospitals use to manage the backlog are so disorganized that workers have to fight each other to get them out.
“They are a nightmare,” said city councilor Robert Holden. “It is disrespectful to the dead. “
Some trucks are “not lit, they are not sanitary. It is mortuary that says that, “he added.
Unfortunately, the truckers are working with what they have, said funeral director William Roberts of Morton Funeral Home / Ridgewood Chapel.
“There is no sense of order or organization. It’s like a battle zone, “said Roberts.
In some cases, funeral home staff have to wait for truckers to pick up the bodies, which “are being dragged along the ground,” he said.
“They grab them from the end of the pocket and drag them. Sometimes they are on shelves, one high, two high, three high. Sometimes there are no shelves and they are placed along the wall. Sometimes they put them on top of each other, or two on top. “
“In 35 years, I’ve never seen anything like it. I went through the AIDS epidemic, 9/11, Ebola, SARS, H1N1, “he added.
“This is someone’s mother, a relative you’re dragging. Would you like your mother to be dragged to other bodies?