With Postmortem Testing, ‘Last Responders’ Shed Light On Pandemic’s Spread

Posted by on May 19, 2020 6:00 am
Categories: US National Stories

Medical examiners and coroners are the last stop for investigating unexpected deaths, including those who may have died of COVID-19. In April, the Cook County Medical Examiner opened a surge center to handle overflow from Chicago-area hospital morgues.

Coroners and medical examiners are starting to test for COVID-19 among those who die unexpectedly, including people who die at home. The process could help communities contain their outbreaks.

(Image credit: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

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