Pandemic Notes

Back in April, we noticed the long white trucks parked down at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal. I guessed they were extra refrigerator trucks to be used as temporary morgues for the first surge of COVID-19 after similar trucks were reported at local hospitals.

That proved to be correct, unfortunately.

The trucks have been there since. I have thought this strange. Shouldn’t they have been sent elsewhere? Like Texas, for instance, where first prisoners and now National Guard troops are working with the overflow of bodies. After all, we in New York set a template for responding to the pandemic, however incompetently; we sacrificed a lot and became a warning lesson for the rest of the country. (A lesson wasted in many places.) Sending the trucks elsewhere seemed a good-citizen thing to do.

Or was NYC just holding on to them in case of another surge?

Yesterday, it was reported that the trucks are actually in use. There are some 650 bodies in them.

5 Responses to “Pandemic Notes”


  1. 1 EWA KOZYRA November 24, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Hi, I miss receiving your pictures in the morning. 😦
    Nonetheless Happy Thanksgiving!
    Trump sucks

  2. 2 Michele Dreger November 24, 2020 at 9:11 am

    Wow!

  3. 4 Ellen November 24, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Wow! This is so sad. I had no idea they were still there. I feel especially sad for those who lost someone and this is where they are parked. Seems very wrong. Everyone keeps calling the US a first world country – but pull away the curtain and we definitely are not.


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