Coronavirus USA Update: NYC hospitals may reach total capacity by this week

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Coronavirus USA Update: NYC hospitals may reach total capacity by this week
Coronavirus USA Update: NYC hospitals may reach total capacity by this week

A FEMA report reviewed by ABC News says New York City’s hospitals are expected to be at or near total capacity during the coming week.

As of Saturday afternoon, 30 of the hospitals in the city were at or near ICU bed capacity, according to the report. Officials caution the number has fluctuated from hour-to-hour as patients are admitted, discharged and transferred to other hospitals.

The temporary hospitals at Javits and USNS Comfort will have substantial beds available, the report said.

– New Jersey has ordered 20 refrigerator trailers that will act as temporary morgues, according to a report issued by the state, which was reviewed by ABC News.

The order is “to support a strategy to address the surge in bodies resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the report.

The trailers will provide space for 1,600 bodies, the report said and five trailers will be delivered on Friday, the report said.

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