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INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Emergency Operations Center announced Wednesday that it has secured a building to act as a temporary morgue in case the county morgue is beyond capacity.

“Our first priority remains slowing the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring a high level of care for the individuals who may contract it, but protecting the health of our community also means preparing for a potential increase in deaths over the coming weeks,” said Virginia A. Caine, M.D., Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Marion County Public Health Department. “While we hope much of what we are planning for is never needed, we must do everything we can to ensure Indianapolis first responders, health care workers, and coroners all have the tools, personal protective equipment, and facilities they need to serve residents through any scenario.

The temporary facility is located near downtown Indianapolis and has space for 750 bodies. It will be available beginning Thursday and will be staffed by the Marion County Coroner’s Office.