Lease extended for makeshift morgue in Baltimore parking garage

Without explanation, the Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved extending the lease for a makeshift morgue in a downtown Baltimore parking garage. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner used the space during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic after experiencing a severe backlog of cases, the 11 News I-Team reported in January. The backlog was created by an increase in the number of homicides, drug overdoses hit a new high and COVID-19-related deaths added to the caseload. The medical examiner told the I-Team in March that there is no longer a backlog. At least as of Wednesday, it didn't appear the building is being used.