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COVID-19 UPDATE JUNE 5

Jun. 5, 2020

June 5, 2020

We are coming to the end of another week and I wanted to give you an update.

Compared to last Friday the COVID-19 numbers are up, which was expected due to the Holiday weekend and protests going on across the State.

Last Friday I reported there were 6,338 total cases in the State with 329 deaths. This Friday the numbers are: 6,907 total cases with 344 deaths. We are up 569 total cases this past week and 15 deaths.

I am surprised when I go out and see the great majority of people are not wearing masks and not social distancing.

Both, masks and social distancing are highly recommended by the State and by the CDC. In fact, the CDC will be updating their recommended guidelines. I will let you know when those new guidelines come out.

The State OURS PLAN (under FAQ’s) states:

When can funerals resume and how many people should be allowed?

During Phase 3, beginning June 1, there is no limit to group size provided event planners, venues, or local officials consider social distancing. Funeral service venues should follow guidance for places of worship. Funeral reception venues should follow guidance for restaurants. https://www.okcommerce.gov/covid19/open-up-recover-safely-ours-plan-faqs/

We currently have a major storm headed our way. While we should only experience heavy rains, the concern along the Gulf Coast is that people will not evacuate to shelters due to Covid-19 worries. And, on the other side, worried that the Covid-19 numbers will increase due to close quarters for those that do evacuate to those shelters. Texas has had over 68,000 cases of Coronavirus and some cities continue to rise.

I have had a few calls from individuals that are running low on some protective equipment. If you are running low and our vendor partners can’t fulfill your orders, try calling the State Department of Health. They are supposed to have a stockpile of PPE or go to https://www.okcommerce.gov/ppe-source-directory/

Surprisingly, I have now received 5 claims for unemployment for “lack of work” against the Association. It is important that you reply if you receive a claim against your firm. In fact, you should reply to the Unemployment office (within 14 days) but you need to forward the reply to the Attorney General’s Office Fraud Task Force. It is an additional step but it is additional protection for your firm.

Get a Free Grief Booklet: Available for You and Your Families

Grieving Alone and Together: Responding to the Loss of Your Loved One during the COVID-19 Pandemic 
by Sara Murphy, PhD, CT, with a foreword by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

The Funeral Service Foundation, through its COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund has funded the creation of a booklet that addresses the challenges of grieving the death of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grieving Alone and Together: Responding to the Loss of Your Loved One during the COVID-19 Pandemic by Sara Murphy, PhD, CT, with a foreword by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., is available for free to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one or who would like to learn how they can support those who have. 

This comprehensive guide covers

 

  • The Nature of Grief
  • Traumatic Loss
  • Traumatic Loss Triggers
  • Ambiguous Losses
  • Risk of Disenfranchised Grief
  • Children and Grief
  • Separation from a Loved One at the Time of Their Death
  • Planning Funeral and Memorial Services
  • Supporting Your Health While Grieving

The families you serve may read the e-book version or request a free copy by mail on RememberingALife.com.

Free Copies for Funeral Professionals

The Funeral Service Foundation, through its COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund, is providing free copies to funeral professionals working with families affected by the pandemic. The booklet can also be used as an outreach tool in the communities you serve. 

  • Offer to family members after making arrangements
  • Offer to guests at private services
  • Mail to families that have recently experienced the death of a loved one, along with a personal note
  • Offer a supply to your local hospice or hospital for distribution to families as appropriate

Request Free Set of Booklets

 

Did you know there are new jobs posted on the OKFDA website? Go to www.okfda.com and then “Resources” and you will find the link for JOBS!

Have a GREAT WEEKEND, STAY SAFE and PLEASE CALL US IF WE CAN ASSIST!

Gordon