Lancaster County coroner says morgue is full, says she sees two people who died from COVID-19 a day

Lancaster County coroner says morgue is full, says she sees two people who died from COVID-19 a day
Lancaster County coroner says she is getting about two people a day who have died from COVID. (Source: Morgan Newell, WBTV)

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV) -The Lancaster County coroner says her office does not have room for any more people.

She is pointing to COVID-19 as part of the problem. The coroner says she used to see two people who died from COVID-19 coming into her office a week. Now, it is closer to two a day.

Coroner Karla Deese says she understand everyone has a right to their own choices, but she wants people to understand the choices do not just impact them.

”Exhausted, exhaustion really and concern,” says Deese.

That is how she feels about dealing with COVID-19 for the last few months. On Monday, she took to Facebook describing how she has seen and heard the worse of the pandemic. In her post, she says she has heard EMS workers scrambling to figure out where to take sick passengers when hospitals are too full.

She says she has watched as her morgue filled up to the point where she had to ask the Chester County coroner for storage help. Chester County is only at 50 percent capacity and has a smaller population. Deese says it is hard for her and her team to keep up.

The demands are great and putting a strain on her employees who have been working non-stop since the pandemic started.

”I encourage everyone to make the best decision for themselves for their well-being and potentially for their life. You have to make a decision because do you want to live in the moment, or do you want to live for the planned future?” she says.

The coroner says the morgue can fit about 13 people.

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