The President went on television last weeks and told us something remarkable; something that we never thought that we would hear a President say.
Donald Trump went to the cameras and said that we were going to have a terrible week. He told us that the news would be grim and awful and, frankly, that it was going to be scary.
He was right.
Some coronavirus victims could be temporarily buried in the Hart Island potter’s field — or even public parks — if New York’s morgues become overwhelmed by the number of dead, officials said Monday.
They floated the heart-wrenching option as the city death toll climbed to 2,738 and the caseload hit 68,776 — accounting for more than half of the Empire State’s 4,758 fatalities and 130,689 cases.
“We may well be dealing with temporary burials so we can deal with each family later,” said Mayor de Blasio in a press briefing at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. “Obviously the place we have used historically is Hart Island.”
And this isn’t the worst of it. Not by a long shot.
Conservative estimates show that the crisis could crescendo as early as this Thursday, or as late as April 15th – and that’s just in New York City alone. As the virus spreads, cases will bloom elsewhere, staggering the pandemic ever so slightly. If we ease up on our social distancing too soon, we run the risk of ushering in a new wave of virus.