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County Medical Examiner’s Office opens surge center to manage COVID-19 fatalities

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office opened its surge center on Thursday to expand capacity and ease overcrowding at hospital morgues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) managed the planning and is coordinating the 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 five miles from the Medical Examiner’s Office.

“While my hope is that we have made plans that we will not . . .

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