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.

AGEG continues to monitor federal, state, and other agencies for new or revised information and guidance regarding COVID-19. 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.  

COVID-19 Guidance and Information

AGEG members are updated by email and this page is updated as guidance and information becomes available.
For information and guidance, visit the links and drop down windows below.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • Workplace COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit, Information for Employers and Employees - Essential Workers - July 29, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • When to Quarantine - July 29, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People - July 28, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated - July 27, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • How to Protect Yourself & Others - July 26, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19 - July 16, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Frequently Asked Questions - July 16, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Test for Past Infection - July 15, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • How COVID-19 Spreads - July 14, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Community, Work, and School - July 9, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Coronavirus Self-Checker - July 2, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • COVID-19 Testing Overview - July 2, 2021 - CLICK HERE

        From the Georgia Department of Public Health

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        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

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        Georgia Resources

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        • 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 

        Federal & International Resources

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        • 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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