Chicago morgue coping despite surge in deaths

Covid death
CHICAGO (AP) — One of the nation’s busiest morgues is facing an unprecedented surge in deaths because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office in Chicago has seen its caseloads triple some days, forcing staff to work 12-hour days, seven days a week. On a recent weekday, pathologists had to do record reviews or autopsies in 62 new cases. Forty were COVID-19 cases. On an average day last year, they handled about 20 new deaths per day. The hope was that stay-at-home orders would reduce the number of shooting deaths in Chicago, but that hasn’t happened. It had about the same number of homicides in the first four months of this year as the same period last year.