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The horrors of coronavirus on display at
hospital on Brooklyn/Queens border
Bodies are seen inside Wyckoff Heights Medical Center on April 4.
Bodies are seen outside
the Wyckoff Heights
Bodies are loaded into a makeshift morgue outside Wyckoff Heights Medical Center on
Medical Center, on
Bushwick border in Brooklyn,
registered the fi rst coronavirus
related death in New York
City back on March 14.
Since that time, more than
2,200 New Yorkers — most of
them senior citizens aged 65 and
older — have perished from the
illness as the pandemic spread
throughout the city.
Wyckoff Heights and other
hospitals across the city have
become overwhelmed with critically
ill coronavirus patients fi lling
intensive care wards and, at
this point, any other available
space in each medical center.
As the losses from coronavirus
cases mounted, the city
dispatched empty refrigerated
trailers to hospitals across the
fi ve boroughs. Th ese trailers
have become a public reminder
of the grim reality New York
City faces; the death toll from
coronavirus is so great that
the trailers must serve as temporary
morgues because the
hospital morgues are at their
For days, the makeshift
morgue for Wyckoff Heights
has been parked along Stanhope
Street — and residents have witnessed
the tragic sight of medical
workers, clad in protective gear,
wheeling the bodies of coronavirus
victims up a wooden ramp
and into the trailer.
Reuters obtained images of the
horrifi c scene on April 4.
Healthcare workers load a person into an ambulance outside the Wyckoff Heights
Medical Center on April 4.