Covid-19 Announcement  

COVID-19 Announcement

    Dennis Funeral Home is closely monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak as the updates occur. Our primary purpose is to protect the safety of our staff and their families, the families we serve and the communities we live in. We are committed to following the guidelines of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
    According to public health officials, COVID-19 is spread like the flu and common colds. To stop the spread of germs: cover coughs and sneeze with a tissue, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care and avoid close contact with people who are sick.  At this time, CDC guidance states, “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 died of COVID-19.” However, the CDC also notes, “People should consider not touching the body of someone who has died of COVID-19.” At this time the CDC states that decedents with COVID-19 may be buried or cremated according to the family’s preferences.

We will still respond to calls when a death occurs or to answer any questions you may have. 
We encourage making funeral arrangements through phone calls or other electronic means.
We encourage friends/relatives to respect the 6 ft. personal space zone, and/or limiting personal contact with grieving family members.
We encourage “private only” gatherings or postponing public services to avoid spreading the virus.

Essential Providers

 Workers performing mortuary services, including funeral homes, crematoriums, and cemetery workers; including workers who coordinate with other organizations to ensure the proper recovery, handling, identification, transportation, tracking, storage and disposal of human remains are essential workers during COVID-19 response, pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-2020; and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the CISA Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.

 Funeral homes, crematories, and morticians are essential providers and authorized to perform within their scope of duty to take charge and remove deceased persons from the place of death, prepare a deceased person for final disposition in any manner, and make arrangements, provided that such arrangements comply with the Emergency Executive Order 20-2020, the March 19, 2020 Funeral and Mortuary Science Guidance; and the MDH Guidance on social distancing.

Emergency Executive Order 20-20, Directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home

 Beginning Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm through Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5:00 pm, all persons currently living in the State of Minnesota are ordered to stay at home in their current place of residence.

 Individuals may leave home to attend funerals, whether at a place of worship, funeral home, burial site, or other similar location, provided that the gathering consists of no more than 10 attendees. The space utilized must allow for social distancing (six feet spacing between people). Venues should make accommodations for remote attendance, if possible, for others. Individuals who are at high risk from COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to attend remotely.

 Funeral homes are authorized to meet with families to make arrangements for final disposition, but should do so by telephone or remotely when possible. If funeral homes must meet with families, they should do so provided they practice social distancing consistent with the Department of Health and CDC guidance.

 Private viewing for the purpose of identifying the decedent by the person or persons with the right to control final disposition as described in Minnesota Statutes, section 149A.80, is acceptable provided that the viewing is consistent with the Department of Health and CDC guidance on social distancing.

 Electronic or digital signatures are acceptable as long as they follow the guidelines in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 325L.

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