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Too Many Bodies, Too Few Forensic Pathologists

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

Faced with an overflow of bodies during the coronavirus pandemic, medical examiners around the country have had to add to their storage capacity.


According to PEW, Many have brought in refrigerated trucks or other kinds of mobile units. A few have created racking systems that allow for the vertical stacking of bodies. Some, such as in Los Angeles, are considering building additional permanent storage if the current excess of bodies proves a harbinger rather than a blip.


Courtesy of LA County Dept. of Medical Examiner-Coroner via The Associated Press

Dr. Jonathan Lucas, Los Angeles’ medical examiner-coroner, said he held off asking for additional resources last year because he hoped that the influx of bodies would ebb, even as he had to bring in 14 refrigerated trucks. As the third year of the pandemic nears, Lucas says he’s rethinking that. “Now I think we’re in a situation where I have no choice but to plan that this is not going to go away in the short term,” he said. More on this story


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