Coronavirus and the Deathcare Profession
Your Questions, Answered NOW
Information you can trust
In our battle against the spread of the coronavirus, quick, reliable information is key. To help you get the information you need, ICCFA has started a Q&A forum where you can type in your COVID-19 related question below and we will go to the experts for the answer. The forum is open to ALL deathcare professionals — Funeral, Cemetery, Cremation and Suppliers.
Questions can range from can we have more than 10 people at a memorial service, how do the limitations on gatherings affect cemeteries, to what is the status of PPE suppliers in the deathcare community?
We will continuously update the Q&A post as a resource because chances are if you have a question, you aren’t the only one.
Confusion on Deathcare Being Essential
On Thursday, March 20, 2020, it was announced that deathcare workers were named as essential workforce during the COVID-19 crisis. However, it is important to understand that IT IS NOT A MANDATE. As stated in the memo from U.S. Department of Homeland Security:
“Accordingly, this list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered to be, a federal directive or standard in and of itself.”
While the federal recommendation is a great first step, there is still more to do.
States are not required to follow this recommendation, so it is important that we get exact language to the states for the entire deathcare profession.
ICCFA has drafted a letter which is being sent to state health departments, regulatory agencies, and state governors. We ask that you download this letter and get it to your local agencies so that we can ensure that the federal government recommendation is ultimately adopted at the state level. At this point in time, each state is issuing its own orders.