Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

We continue to monitor federal, state, and other agencies for new or revised information and guidance. 
The AGEG Board of Directors encourage all funeral service professionals to follow best practices and guidance.  
It is important to share guidance and information with your fellow funeral home staff as it becomes available 
so you may 
continue to safely serve your families and community. 

AGEG members are updated by email and this page is updated as guidance and information becomes available.  

The links below will take you directly to the individual websites to ensure the most accurate and timely information is accessible.  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CLICK HERE to be redirected to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. 

  • CLICK HERE - Infection Control - Postmortem Guidance
    • CLICK HERE - Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination - September 26, 2022
    • CLICK HERE - Reinfection of the Virus that Causes COVID-19 - September 9, 2022
    • CLICK HERE - How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask - September 9, 2022
    • CLICK HERE - Wearing Masks in Travel and Public Transportation Settings - September 8, 2022
    • CLICK HERE - Stay Up to Date with Your Vaccines - September 8, 2022
    • CLICK HERE - Types of Masks - September 8, 2022
    • CLICK HERE - Self-Testing - September 6, 2022
    • CLICK HERE - Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination - September 2, 2022
    • CLICK HERE - CDC Recommends the First Updated COVID-19 Booster - September 1, 2022

Georgia Department of Public Health

CLICK HERE to be redirected to the Georgia Department of Public Health website. 

  • CLICK HERE - COVID-19 Funeral and Mortuary Science Guidance

New Bivalent Covid-19 Boosters Offer Enhanced Protection

September 7, 2022

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) will begin offering the new bivalent COVID-19 booster this week, as shipments of the vaccine arrive in the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend the bivalent booster manufactured by Pfizer for individuals aged 12 and older; and they recommend the bivalent booster by Moderna for adults aged 18 and older.

The current COVID booster doses contain the genetic recipe for the original strain of COVID-19. The bivalent vaccine contains the genetic recipes for two versions of COVID-19; the original strain, plus the omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, offering better protection against the currently circulating COVID-19 variants. People should wait at least two months after completing their initial vaccination or their last booster shot before getting the bivalent booster.

At this time, the bivalent vaccine is considered only a booster. It is not to be used as the initial two-dose COVID vaccine. The monovalent mRNA CVOID-19 vaccines will still be administered for the primary series of vaccine and as a booster for children under the age of 12.

Georgia is currently seeing an average of 3,000 cases of COVID reported a week. More than 89% of newly reported COVID cases are caused by the BA.5 variant. Hospitalizations and deaths from COVID continue to decrease in the state. 

In addition to vaccination and boosters, basic prevention measures should also be followed to help prevent further spread of COVID and mitigate outbreaks of infection, especially in public settings: wear a mask, physically distance, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

  For updates on COVID-19 follow @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Facebook. For more information on vaccination and boosters, visit

Georgia State Office of Vital Records

CLICK HERE to be redirected to the Georgia State Office of Vital Record's website.

Guidance from the State Registrar - COVID-19 Death Certificate Amendments - August 25, 2021 

  • To amend a death certificate to add “COVID-19” the certifying physician, medical examiner, or coroner must submit a written request detailing the changes needed, along with at least one piece of evidence from an official source, such as a positive lab test for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2), or a medical record clearly stating the diagnosis of COVID-19. 
    • All requests should be e-mailed to along with the scanned documentation. 
    • If e-mail is not an option, the request can be mailed to the State Office of Vital Records at this address:
      State Office of Vital Records, 1680 Phoenix Boulevard, Suite 100, Atlanta, Georgia 30349
  • NOTE: This requirement to submit medical evidence does not apply if fixing a simple spelling mistake, like “COIVD-19” to “COVID-19” or when updating a pending death certificate that did not previously have a cause of death.

Governor Brian P. Kemp

CLICK HERE to be redirected to Governor Kemp's website.

Additional State Resources

  • COVID-19: State Services in GeorgiaCLICK HERE
  • Georgia Department of Economic Development - CLICK HERE

Additional Resources

  • Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) - CLICK HERE
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - CLICK HERE
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)CLICK HERE
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)CLICK HERE

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