Morgue Truck Bethesda East

UPDATE: Refrigerated Truck For Bodies, Or Renovation, At Bethesda East?

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Florida Hospital Says It’s Renovating. Medical Staffers Say This Truck Is Used For Bodies In Boynton Beach.

Morgue Truck Bethesda East
Is this refrigerated truck being used for bodies, or renovation, at Bethesda East in Boynton Beach? Staffers say bodies. Hospital says renovation. (Photo: BocaNewsNow.com).

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — BocaNewsNow.com captured this refrigerated truck on camera Saturday morning at Bethesda East Hospital, after multiple medical staffers revealed that the hospital is now using the extra space for COVID-19 dead.

But hospital spokesman Mike Maucker told BocaNewsNow.com that the refrigerated truck is being used for renovation, not bodies.

”Refrigerated trailers have been acquired to provide additional storage for ongoing renovation projects,” said Maucker. He had not responded to request for clarification by mid-day Saturday. Our questions were posed Friday evening. BocaNewsNow.com did notice a small construction contingent on property, but it was not immediately clear what role a refrigerated tractor trailer would play in that work.

Staffers at Bethesda East say the truck seen has nothing to do with renovation and everything to do with a hospital morgue that is handling more dead than space permits. If true, that suggests that death counts in the area are rising faster than the Department of Health and Human Services is reporting.

HHS revealed on Friday that 199 Florida COVID-19 deaths were logged on Thursday. While an exceptionally high number, that is statewide. There is no indication that all, many, or any of the deaths occurred at Bethesda East.

Friday’s death count is not yet available.

Florida stopped reporting hospital census and deaths earlier this year under the direction of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. More than 250 hospitals now report directly to the federal government. While HHS reports hospital census updates daily, a list of specific hospital populations, and deaths, is processed just twice a week.

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