COVID-19 UPDATE October 13, 2020
The COVID-19 numbers have surged to over 100,000 in our State. In fact, the actual numbers for today are:
Total cases: 101,493
Total Deaths: 1,119
Currently Testing Positive: 15,124
Please continue to protect yourself, your staff and loved ones and be hyper-vigilant in and around possible Covid-19 deaths and their families. We are told that we are considered to still be in phase 1 and we are expected to have a Phase 2 this fall and winter.
New research out of Australia says that coronavirus can survive up to 28 days in cool, dark conditions. Hard surfaces (including phones) and cash were also tested and found to hold the virus for longer periods of time. The findings state that the virus survives for longer periods of time at 68 degrees. The survival of the virus dropped to seven days at 86 degrees and dropped to 24 hours at 104 degrees.
A separate piece of research published this week by Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in Japan found the new coronavirus is usually durable on human skin, too, surviving for up to 11 hours. That compares to about two hours of expected longevity for the influenza A (flu) virus on the skin.
If your funeral home applied for the PPP Loan, the Small Business Administration now has applications for loan forgiveness. If your loan was under $50,000 you can apply for the loan forgiveness. https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP-Forgiveness-Application-3508EZ.pdf Please check with your accountant for additional information.
Are your supplies running low?? I have heard that supplies are getting difficult to find. A few of you have called looking for PPE and specifically gloves. Sometimes you will need to be a little resourceful. If you need gloves and your supplier can’t get them try these ideas: Walmart, Walgreens and CVS should have gloves but if they do not, try a restaurant supply store or a military surplus.
Have you had your FLU SHOT yet? Doctor’s offices across Oklahoma have not received their supply of flu shots yet but the pharmacies have. It is not too early to get your shot! Again, Walgreens and CVS have flu shots available.
The National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) released the “Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine,” which includes funeral directors in the highest priority phase for vaccine allocation.
Funeral directors are in Phase 1a for vaccine allocation, which is the phase for high-risk healthcare workers and based, in-part, on the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency designation of funeral professionals as critical infrastructure workers.
The upcoming CE opportunities in October will be for regular CE. We will have the Ethics CE in December.