Harrowing photos show coronavirus corpses propped up on chairs and stacked in makeshift morgue at Detroit hospital – The Sun

HARROWING photos show the corpses of coronavirus patients propped up on chairs and stacked in a mobile morgue at a Detroit hospital.

The photos were shared by an emergency room worker at Sinai-Grace Hospital following an overwhelming stage of the pandemic earlier this month.

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One shows two bodies in body bags laid out on a bed in a spare room and a third propped on an armchair next to the bed.

The room is reportedly intended for use in sleep studies.

A second image showed body bags filling what is reportedly a freezer unit parked outside the hospital for use as a makeshift morgue.

The photos were provided to CNN and were confirmed as accurate by two other ER workers who spoke on condition of anonymity.

They were reportedly taken during the hospital's busiest period since the coronavirus pandemic got underway.

Staff said the hospital was at one stage treating 100 to 130 patients at once, though in recent days that figure has dropped to around 50.

They said bodies had to be left in at least one store room because the morgue was full.

"All I know is we ran out of beds to keep our patients on so we couldn't spare any for the bodies," an ER worker said.

"It was because we hadn't gotten our outside freezers yet, so those rooms had beds and the morgue people don't work over night."


Staff said the hospital ordered the mobile refrigerator units as a response to the incident.

CNN reported that five such unit could be seen in the hospital's parking lot this weekend.

In the photo from inside one of the units, bodies can be seen stacked on shelves and filling the floorspace.

At least one pair of bags can be seen over lapping and one body leaning on the side of another.

Blue bags containing the possessions of the dead are also visible.

One worker said: "Bodies are definitely double stacked on the floor.

"There is no lift to help put the bodies on the shelf."

Speaking to CNN, a hospital spokesperson said: "Patients who pass away at our hospital are treated with respect and dignity, remaining on-site until they can be appropriately released."

"Like hospitals in New York and elsewhere, we have secured additional resources such as mobile refrigeration units to help temporarily manage the capacity issue caused by COVID-19."

He added that the hospital was working on securing extra nursing resources to help meet demand amid the crisis.

The coronavirus pandemic has so far infected more than 587,000 people across the US and killed at least 23,000.

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