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Archive May 2020

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COVID-19 Weekly Recap - May 18-22, 2020

MFDA COVID-19 Weekly Recap for May 18-22 -- This update includes a brief summary of the week's activities including:
  • Details of the Governor's announcement about reopening Massachusetts;
  • A recap of the Funeral Service Reopening Task Force meeting and recommendations; and 
  • The Reopening Massachusetts Guide for Funeral Establishments created specifically for members by MFDA.
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COVID-19 Update - May 22, 2020

MFDA COVID-19 Update for Friday, May 22 -- Essential businesses need to comply with the state's reopening standards by May 25th, s0s0. The Reopening Massachusetts Guide for Funeral Establishments, created by MFDA, provides information on requirements for reopening your business specific to funeral establishments as public-facing businesses and employers. This update also includes:
  • Gov. Baker allows houses of worship, municipalities to set their own reopening timelines;
  • Attorney General establishes ways to report unsafe conditions;
  • an update from the Worcester Diocese; and
  • funeral service in the news; plus daily PPE and data updates.
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COVID-19 Update - May 19, 2020

MFDA COVID-19 Update for Tuesday, May 19, 2020 -- The Funeral Service Reopening Task Force held its first meeting and reviewed the state's reopening plan. Some recommendations for Phase 1, based on member survey responses, were presented to the state Board of Embalming and Funeral Directing as well as the Governor's Reopening Advisory Board.  Click here to learn more.

COVID-19 Update - May 18, 2020

MFDA COVID-19 Update for Monday, May 18 -- The Governor announced more information about the phased reopening of the Commonwealth.
  • Gatherings are still limited to 10; houses of worship can hold services at 40 percent capacity.
  • Certification needed to reopen as an essential business.
  • We include links to templates and posters.
  • Massachusetts has the third-highest number of deaths in the country.
  • There are new resources for PPE.
We also include funeral service in the news and daily statistics.

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COVID-19 Weekly Recap - May 11-15, 2020

MFDA Weekly Recap of COVID-19 Updates for May 11-15 --  We shared a weekly recap of COVID-19 updates for May 11-15, including:
  • Rebecca Ridley’s Op-Ed in the Boston Globe
  • Gov. Charlie Baker’s 4-phase reopening plan
  • New guidance on funerals for consumers from the CDC
  • Answers to questions about Phase 1 of the reopening plan.
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COVID-19 Update - May 15, 2020

MFDA COVID-19 Update for Friday, May 15 -- This issue includes answers to questions about the first phase of reopening Massachusetts. Also:
  • OCME Dr. Mindy Hull provided the phone number for the Surge Center to assist with storage if needed.
  • The Boston Globe published a letter to the editor in appreciation of funeral directors.
  • The Boston Board of Health sent several reminders.
  • The Boston Archdiocese says reopening of churches is likely "several weeks" away, but shares preparation documents.
  • AG Maura Healey is seeking a reduction in commercial auto insurance rates.
  • CVS is expanding first-responder testing sites.
  • Unemployment is highest in Western Mass. and on the Cape & Islands.

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Reopening Massachusetts - Continuing Operations / Essential Services Guide: Funeral Establishments

The new REOPENING MASSACHUSETTS - CONTINUING OPERATIONS / ESSENTIAL SERVICES GUIDE: FUNERAL ESTABLISHMENTS is now available for your use. Although there has been a lot of general information in the news about the phased reopening of Massachusetts businesses, this guide is specific to funeral establishments as a public-facing business and an employer. It has been created for our members by the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association. [Get Guide]

COVID-19 Update - May 13, 2020

MFDA Covid-19 Update for Wednesday, May 13 -- Last call for the reopening of funeral service survey. We also share:
  • New guidance for consumers on funerals from the CDC;
  • An article on what will spike coronavirus cases again; 
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren's legislative action on PPE; 
  • An article about "Streaming and the New Mourning" by funeral director Tom Anderson; 
  • A warning from the RMV; as well as 
  • Funeral service in the news; PPE supplier list and state, city and town COVID-19 data.  
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COVID-19 Update - May 12, 2020

MFDA COVID-19 Update for Tuesday, May 12 -- Please take the 4-question survey on reopening funeral service. Gov. Baker has laid out a reopening plan for the Massachusetts economy and issued general mandatory workplace safety standards. A new CDC report shows how "superspreaders" work. This update also includes FEMA Disaster Funeral Assistance update; and important reminder from the Massachusetts National Cemetery; a fact sheet from the CDC for certifiers on completing death certificates; advice on safely reopening the state; a survey on a second wave on coronavirus; funeral service in the news; the PPE suppliers list and daily state COVID-19 data. [Learn More]

COVID-19 Update - May 11, 2020

MFDA COVID-19 Update for Monday, May 11 -- We ask members to take the survey on reopening the economy, specifically funeral service; include Past President Rebecca Ridley's op-ed published today in the Boston Globe, "Something exponentially more powerful than the coronavirus"; provide updated guidelines from the CDC regarding COVID-19 transport of remains; and a link to the new, shorter form to apply for Department of Transitional Assistance benefits. Also, funeral service in the news; PPE suppliers list and daily state data. [Learn More]
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