Following the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 in the world, the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, affecting 185 countries . There have been numerous scientific publications presenting epidemiological, clinical, statistical, and microbiological data . The high mortality has implied the need for increasingly accurate data regarding the virus and its behaviour in the environment and, on the other hand, faced health teams with a serious problem in relation to the safe handling of corpses and the risks of transmission that this implies . The objective of this study was to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in corpses sent to the National Judicial Morgue that were not included in the definition of a suspected case submitted by the Argentine Ministry of Health . Nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs were taken from 101 cadavers chosen randomly and based on inclusion criteria for detection of viral RNA using the RT-PCR technique . Of the cadavers included in the study,16.8%, not classified as suspected cases of COVID-19, were tested for the presence of viral RNA in the samples collected.