Upon arrival at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office, the driver of the Ford F-150 XLT was captured unloading the bodies to be taken inside one of the facility's three refrigerated trailers.
The Medical Examiner’s Office said the five or six bodies came from a local hospital and had arrived in “an unapproved manner," according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Two of the bags were reportedly labeled “Albert Einstein Medical” and “Einstein Med Center" -- which is a hospital located in Philadelphia.
Einstein Medical Center -- like other hospitals in the area -- contracts a funeral home to transport human remains to the examiner.
Einstein Healthcare Network, which operates the flagship hospital, issued a statement on Monday declaring an immediate update on protocols used by their contractor, the paper reported.
“We deeply apologize," the statement said, "[We] are making every effort to ensure we continue to provide the respectful, compassionate care that we are known for.”
“This was an expected transfer, meaning staff at the Medical Examiner’s Office knew to prepare to receive a transfer,” the medical examiner's office said, according to the Inquirer. “Upon receipt, MEO staff ensured the bodies were safe and not damaged from the transit and transferred them into storage."
Philadelphia has 9,553 confirmed COVID-19 cases and at least 370 deaths as of early Tuesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins. More than 34,000 infections from the virus have occurred throughout Pennsylvania.