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CDC Releases Practical COVID-19 Guidance for Funeral Directors

March 12, 2020 4:08 PM | WFDA (Administrator)

NFDA Special Bulletin:

CDC Releases Practical COVID-19 Guidance for Funeral Directors

NFDA continues to lead the conversation with federal officials about the role of funeral service as it relates to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. At the request of NFDA and as a followup to the postmortem guidance released by the CDC in late-February, today, the agency released specific information about funeral and visitation services to help funeral directors safely care for people who have died of confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

Specifically, this answers the following questions:

  • Am I at risk if I go to a funeral or visitation service for someone who died of COVID-19?
  • Am I at risk if I touch someone who died of COVID-19 after they have passed away?
  • What do funeral home workers need to know about handling decedents who had COVID-19?
  • What should I do if my family member died from COVID-19 while overseas and what are the requirements for returning the body to the U.S.?

In summary:

  • You can still have a funeral or visitation.
  • Bodies can be embalmed using proper PPE.
  • Decedents can be buried or cremated, but check with state and local requirements.



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