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As coronavirus deaths mount, mortuaries are backed up and hospitals are diverting bodies to L.A
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County’s coroner With coronavirus claiming staggering numbers of lives in Los Angeles County, strapped private mortuaries unable to take on more bodies are straining local hospitals’ morgue capacity, forcing them to transport the deceased to the county’s coroner. County officials acknowledged the strain on Wednesday, when the pandemic’s toll topped 10,000 in the region, with fears that it will only get worse as overwhelmed healthcare workers scramble to keep up with thousands of patients a day. As bad as it has become on the frontline, that toll is now pressuring the backend as so-called “last responders” scramble to preserve the...