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Coronavirus roundup: New York City deploys portable morgues last used on 9/11

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Medical Examiner personnel and construction workers are seen at the site of a makeshift morgue being built in New York, Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Mary Altaffer, Associated Press

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New York City deploys portable morgues

3:45 p.m.

New York City, the center of the nation’s largest coronavirus outbreak, has deployed portable morgues last used after the 9/11 terrorist attack, according to the BBC.

The portable morgues are long, white refrigerator trucks. They are located outside of Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital and across the East River at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens.

More than 280 people have died because of the coronavirus in New York City, according to the Johns Hopkins University and Medicine coronavirus map.

New York, North Carolina and Hawaii have all requested “emergency mortuary assistance” from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Military medical students and nurses graduate early, go to war against coronavirus

12:40 p.m.

Medical students and nurses from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences are graduating early to join the fight against the coronavirus, The Washington Post reported. More than 200 graduates will join the fray with branches of the military and national public health service.

The U.S. Army has also begun to ask retired medical professionals to return to the service to help combat the pandemic.

Military health care providers are supporting their own sick service members and have also been activated to support civilian hospitals.

Across the globe, more than 300 services members have tested positive for COVID-19.

How big is my coronavirus stimulus check?

9:15 p.m.

Uncle Sam wants to make sure you survive the coronavirus outbreak, both physically and financially.

As part of the the third congressional appropriation for the pandemic, eligible Americans will receive a modest check to help them get through the coronavirus disaster. The Washington Post has created a tool to calculate the amount you can expect.

Click here to use the COVID-19 check calculator.

People making less than $75,000 a year could be eligible to receive $1,200 from the government. Married couples who make less than $150,000 may be eligible for $2,400, according to The Washington Post. Those with a higher income will receive a smaller amount.

Checks wills be direct deposited for most individuals based on 2019 or 2018 tax fillings. Some individuals may receive a literal check in the mail.

The Trump administration would like to start doling out the stimulus as early as April 6.