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Ontario Hospital Is Using A Refrigerated Trailer To Store Bodies After Morgue Overflows

An Ontario hospital is taking drastic measures to contend with the province's second wave of COVID-19.

London Health Sciences Centre brought in a refrigerated trailer to store bodies after its morgue reached capacity last weekend.

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New processes due to the pandemic [...] have necessitated additional interim body holding solutions. Glen Kearns, chief information officer for LHSC

According to CBC, the mobile unit was brought in after the centre's forensic pathology unit reached its 28-bed capacity.

Glen Kearns, the hospital's chief information officer, stated the overflow was due to the pandemic, which has slowed down their protocols. 

This isn't the first time the hospital network has been forced to deal with an overflowing morgue.

In fact, this is reportedly the second time the strategy has been used by LHSC since the start of the pandemic. 

The Middlesex-London Health Unit has reported 112 COVID-19 deaths and confirmed 3,856 cases since March.*

LHSC has also been chosen as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic site by the Government of Ontario.

The first Ontarians received their vaccine dose back in December, ahead of a gradual roll-out plan.

*This article has been updated.

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