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Medical Examiner’s Office Opens Surge Center to Manage COVID-19 Fatalities

Workers transforming a facility in Cook County, Illinois, into a surge center to manage all fatalities from COVID-19. (Video Screenshot)

Chicago, IL-(ENEWSPF)- A grim reality of the COVID-19 pandemic: The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office opened its surge center Tuesday to expand capacity and ease overcrowding at the hospital morgues. The County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) managed planning and is coordinating logistics for the center operations.

The 66,000-square foot refrigerated warehouse will have the capacity to hold more than 2,000 decedents. The facility is located . . .

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