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COVID-19 Update - April 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Monday, April 27, 2020 -- This update includes a list of Massachusetts crematories, their operating hours, and capacity. It also includes a list of New Hampshire crematories. Information about a conference call with the DMORT team; a reminder from Boston DPH about entering cause of death on death certificates; guidance about accepting out-of-state trade calls for cremation; information on crematories seeking temporary relief from DEP regulations; a roundup of news stories and the daily data updates on cases and deaths in Massachusetts. [Learn More]

COVID-19 Weekly Recap - April 20-25, 2020

4.25.2020 Covid-19 Update – Weekly recap for April 20-24 and item about Pope Francis praying for funeral professionals.  [Learn More]

COVID-19 Update - April 24, 2020

MFDA Covid-19 Update for Friday, April 24, 2020 -- The Registry of Vital Records released a memo to certifiers and we include a printable copy of it; The Registry also reminds funeral directors that only VIP coversheets should be used to send documents, and certifier worksheets should never be sent. This update also includes an explanation from the New Jersey Funeral Directors Association about significant restrictions enacted on funeral service in that state; as well as a state Board advisory about cremation; a document authorizing photo identification of decedents; a list of deadly chemical combinations; and updates on PPE and Covid-19 cases and deaths in Massachusetts. [Learn More]

COVID-19 Update - April 22, 2020

MFDA COVID-19 Update for Wednesday, April 22 -- We answer questions about listing COVID-19 on a death certificate and whether an employee who quits can collect unemployment. We also include an excerpt from an article on comforting the bereaved and multiple memorials; update you on the SURGE Center at Fitchburg State, PPE and the daily and town-by-town cases of COVID-19.  [Learn More]

COVID-19 Update - April 21, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Tuesday, April 21, 2020 -- This update includes an article on self-care from Dr. Alan Wolfelt. It also looks at the models that predict death projections and announces online registration for apprentice and funeral assistant candidates. [Learn More]

COVID-19 Update - April 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Monday, April 20,2020 -- This issue explores the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program that allows independent contractors to file for unemployment, and how it could impact funeral establishments.  [Learn More]

COVID-19 Weekly Recap - April 13-17, 2020

MFDA COVID-19 Weekly Update for April 13-17, 2020  -- It includes updates from MEMA, the OCME, lists of PPE Suppliers and more. [Learn More]

COVID-19 Update - April 17, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Friday, April 17, 2020 -- Updates include a statewide list of crematories; a message from the Chief Medical Examiner; a reminder that there are three state testing sites; information about returning to work after COVID-19; how to request an extension for paying wage-related taxes. You are also reminded to contract with a New York FD before a transfer to Massachusetts. There is a PPE update and funeral service in the news. [Learn More]

COVID-19 Update - April 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Thursday, April 16, 2020 -- MFDA and the Massachusetts Senior Care Associations have reissued recommendations to facilitate the transfer of deceased residents from nursing homes. MFDA members can establish Amazon Business accounts to gain access to their PPE site. The OCME submitted a reminder about the use of the Barcode/Receipt form after submission to the system. A copy of that receipt MUST be attached to the outside of the cremation container/casket for all decedents. This also includes a PPE Supplier Update. [Learn More]

COVID-19 Update - April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Wednesday, April 15, 2020 -- Today during the Governor's daily update he spoke emotionally about the effects of restricted gatherings as families lose loved ones. Additionally, we provide a document and worksheet for certifiers; guidance on transferring a decedent; resources for families grieving a coronavirus death; funeral home service in the news; an update on Catholic Cemeteries; and numbers updates from FEMA/IHME and the commonwealth. [Learn More]
 
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