Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


The AGEG Board of Directors encourage all funeral service professionals to follow Federal and State orders, CDC guidance, and best practices.  It is important to review guidance and information so you may continue to safely serve your families and community. 

As the situation is rapidly changing, so does the guidance and information about COVID-19. As we closely monitor federal, state, and other agencies for new or revised information and guidance, AGEG members are updated by email and this page is updated. While we do our best to post guidance and information in real time, the links will take you directly to the individual websites to ensure the most accurate and timely information is accessible. 

May COVID-19 Guidance and Information

For additional information and guidance, visit the drop down windows.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • Your COVID-19 Vaccination - May 13, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People - May 13, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated - May 13, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Choosing Safer Activities - May 13, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • People with Certain Medical Conditions - May 13, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • People with Disabilities - May 13, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens - May 12, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • About COVID-19 Vaccines - May 12, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines - May 12, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Specific Groups - May 12, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Information about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine - May 12, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination - May 12, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Vaccines for COVID-19 - May 12, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Running Essential Errands - May 12, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Information About Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine - May 11, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • How COVID-19 Spreads - May 10, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • How to Wear Masks - May 07, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • CDC Recommends Use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Resume - May 06, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Large Gatherings - May 06, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Small Gatherings - May 06, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Importance of COVID-19 Vaccination for Essential Workers - May 06, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Returning to Work - May 05, 2021 - CLICK HERE

  • Georgia Department of Public Health
    • NOTICE: CDC New Mask Guidance for People Fully Vaccinated - Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. - The COVID-19 Funeral and Mortuary Science Guidance may be viewed below
    • Georgia eligibility is open for everyone 12 years of age and older for the COVID vaccine. - More information may be found below under COVID-19 Vaccines.


        FEMA Funeral Assistance for COVID-19 Related Deaths

        Families will be able to begin applying for assistance April 12 2021 through their dedicated call center. 

        Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Congress authorized FEMA to provide financial assistance to individuals who incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses after January 20, 2020. FEMA has issued its final policy, which includes details such as eligibility, documentation criteria, and the application process. 

        More information may be found in our NEW FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance section, CLICK HERE,  including an updated Frequenty Asked Questions section.


        COVID-19 Funeral and Mortuary Science Guidance

        The Georgia Department of Public Health has updated their guidance for Funeral Service.  It is important to review the entire guidance, including infection control, general guidance, and additional resources. The updated DPH guidance may be viewed by opening the file to the right.  We encourage you to print it for your staff. We have received numerous inquiries about the general guidance and have included it below for your quick reference.  

        General Guidance for Funerals

        • Attendees should stay 6 feet away from others, wear cloth face coverings, wash/sanitize hands frequently, and avoid direct contact like handshakes, hugging, and kissing at the service or funeral regardless of if a person is fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 or not to protect others who are not vaccinated.
        • There is currently no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who has died of COVID-19. However, people should consider not touching the body of someone who has died of COVID-19.
        • People who were in recent contact with the deceased and may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 should not attend unless they have been fully vaccinated* prior to their exposure.
        • People who are part of an at-risk group (people who are older or have severe underlying health conditions), should stay home unless they are fully vaccinated* for COVID-19. People in this group that are vaccinated should still social distance and wear face coverings.
        • People who feel sick should stay home.
        • Funeral homes should:
          • Consider offering livestreaming as an option for these services/viewings;
          • Discourage families from providing food or beverages;
          • Supply tissues and alcohol-based hand rubs for the families to use; and
          • Stock an adequate supply of soap and paper towels in the restrooms.
        Ultimately, funeral homes should determine how to best balance this guidance with the needs of their families. Each funeral home should develop a plan to manage challenges presented by the current situation. COVID-19 is a novel illness, and health officials are still learning more about the disease as it continues to spread in our communities. Funeral home managers should stay up to date regarding current COVID-19 recommendations to protect their staff and families of the deceased.

        *Fully vaccinated for COVID-19 means that 14 days have passed since an individual has received their second COVID-19 vaccine in a two dose COVID-19 vaccine series or their first vaccine in a one dose COVID-19 vaccine series.

        COVID-19 Funeral and Mortuary Science Guidance

        Updated April 12, 2021

        Click on the graphic on the left to download the file.


        COVID-19 Vaccines

        Georgia eligibility is open for everyone 12 years of age and older for the COVID vaccine.

        Note: Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine currently approved for children aged 12 through 17. 


        Register for a COVID Vaccine

        Georgia Vaccine Locator - CLICK HERE

        Health Department Scheduling - CLICK HERE

        Vaccine Finder - CLICK HERE

        Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - CLICK HERE


        Health Department Vaccine
        Scheduling Resource Line

        • (888) 457-0186
          • Monday – Friday 8 AM – 8 PM ET
          • Saturday – Sunday 8 AM – 5 PM ET
        "Languages other than English available."


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        COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities

        Georgia Mass Vaccination Sites

        Announcements:

        As of Monday, April 26, 2021, GEMA/HS-managed Mass Vaccination Sites are no longer accepting 1st dose appointments and only 2nd dose appointments will be available.

        Beginning Monday, May 3, 2021, GEMA/HS-managed Mass Vaccination Sites will offer Johnson and Johnson’s single dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to drive-up customers at all sites until they close on Friday, May 21, 2021.

        If you are still seeking your 1st dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, then please visit:

        Georgia Department of Public Health

        VaccineFinder - Find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you


        Homebound COVID-19 Vaccinations

        Georgia residents who are currently homebound due to an ongoing physical or mental disability and are unable to travel to a COVID-19 vaccination site can request to receive vaccination at their home.

        Please email HVS@dph.ga.gov or call (888) 572-0112 with the following information for the person who requires at home vaccination:

        • Name
        • Date of birth
        • Address
        • City
        • County
        • Contact phone number


        COVID-19 Vaccine General FAQ

        This information is based on currently available evidence, resources, information, emergency use authorization and expert opinion and is subject to change. As additional evidence regarding the use of COVID-19 vaccine for individuals emerges, it will be necessary to modify this content.

        Download a PDF of the full list COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

        Read more


        COVID-19 Testing Information

        Visit our 'Georgia Department of Public Health' drop down window below for more information including testing sites, what to do if you're sick or exposed, and what do your test results mean. 

        COVID-19 Information for Your Health

        For information for your health during the COVDI-19 pandemic, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - CLICK HERE

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        ADDITIONAL STATE RESOURCES

        • Georgia Department of Economic Development - Georgia’s Statewide Executive Order: Guidelines for Businesses - CLICK HERE
        • U.S. Small Business Administration - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources - CLICK HERE 

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        ADDITIONAL FEDERAL RESOURCES

        • Federal Trade Commission
          • Social media is no place for COVID-19 vaccination cards - Feb. 5, 2021 - CLICK HERE
          • Business owners: Latest COVID scam is directed at you - Jan. 13, 2021 - CLICK HERE 


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        AGEG provides COVID-19 information as a service to funeral service professionals. AGEG Members receive AGEG News emails directly with guidance, information and resources critical to their business during the pandemic. If you are not an AGEG member and have found the information useful, we hope you will join. CLICK HERE for our 2021 membership form or contact the AGEG office. 


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