Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

October 14, 1918

The day’s Evening Star

here:  https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1918-10-14/ed-1/

The death has slumped to 44 in the past 24 hours. But the situation remains critical. The recognized death toll to date is 485.

Health Officer Fowler today commandeered Washington’s, coffin supply. This action was taken to prevent coffins being shipped out of the District. The demand for caskets in
Alexandria and other nearby points outside the District is in excess of the supply, and effort has been made to obtain them in Washington.

A new influenza hospital will soon open: The public health service today rushed plans for equipping an influenza hospital with 600 beds in the building at 19th street and Virginia avenue, vacated last week by the quartermaster general’s office.

And transportation of nurses to care for the sick now receives military attention:

The transportation of nurses and doctors from the medical stations to the homes of those suffering from the Influenza has become such an important matter that at the conference yesterday morning of the District and federal authorities It was decided to
place Lieut. Howard S. Fisk, Pay Corps, U. S. N., in charge.

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