COVID-19 Update: August 23
It has been quite a while since we have had to post an update. We were certainly hopeful, as I am sure all of you were, that we were getting in front of Covid and would see that its impact on our lives would be minimal. But the new strain is taking hold. We currently have many families impacted by the loss of their loved one to Covid. If your family experiences a loss from Covid, we ask that you do not come into our office. We will handle all of the paperwork electronically. As contagious as this variant is, we cannot take the chance of getting our employees infected. If you wish to make preneed arrangements, we can also handle those electronically. Thank you for understanding.
Stay safe and be well.
As needed, we are prepared to respond appropriately. We are confident that we are taking appropriate steps to keep our facility safe for our customers and staff.
Update on Safer at Home Order
July 16, 2020
The Governor has issued a new safer at home order that goes into effect on July 16, 2020 at 5:00PM. It requires for a face covering to be worn in all indoor public facilities as well as outside for gatherings larger than 10 people. We ask that when you are attending a committal service in the cemetery or visiting our office that you please wear a face covering and to also practice social distancing by keeping a 6 ft distance from others. Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe and be well.
Thank You for Following These New Guidelines
On Friday July 3, 2020 the Mobile City Council instituted an ordinance that requires face coverings to be worn in public spaces for the next 30 days. When visiting our office, we ask that you wear a mask and allow for a temperature check to help safeguard against the spread of the virus. Feel free to reach us by phone should you prefer not to come into the office. We can assist most families via electronic means. Thank you for following these new guidelines. Stay safe and be well.
Gathering Size Restrictions Lifted
Beginning today, May 11, 2020, the Governor has lifted the size of gatherings provided that a safe 6 foot distance between folks not in the same household is maintained. We ask your cooperation in following this directive during all committal services. We are operating on our normal schedule and our gates will close at 7:00 PM each night. We will resume Saturday services on May 16, 2020. While the guidelines from the Alabama Department of Public Health have been relaxed, nothing has changed with the virus as it continues to spread in the community. It is still important to follow all of the precautions that have been established as folks begin to venture back out. We ask that if you are sick, been close to someone with the virus, or are showing symptoms, that you do not come to the cemetery. We are available by phone or electronic means to handle any transaction that may be required. Thank you for your understanding as we protect the safety of our customers and employees. Stay safe and be well.
Update on Cemetery Hours and Gatherings
April 9, 2020
Beginning Monday April 13, 2020, the cemetery gates will be closed at 4:30 PM Monday – Sunday until further notice. On Friday April 3, 2020, our Governor issued a statewide “stay at home” order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. As the weather has been beautiful and as cabin fever has set in for many families, people have been gathering at our lake and in other areas to enjoy time outside with the kids and each other. Any other time, we would welcome for folks to come and enjoy the cemetery. However, it is difficult to inform a family who has just lost someone that they can only have 10 people attend the funeral service, but then allow 40 people to gather at the lake. Since the beginning of this pandemic, we have been following the guidelines set forth by the Governor and the Alabama Department of Public Health and we are continuing to do so by asking that you do not gather here at the cemetery. Once we have the all clear, we look forward to welcoming you and your families to enjoy the beauty of the cemetery and the tranquil setting our lake provides. Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe and be well.
Update on Operational Changes
April 3, 2020
As we continue to follow the guidelines provided by the Alabama Department of Public Health, we want to remind everyone that committal services and gatherings held in the cemetery must be 10 persons or less. We realize this is adding an additional burden to families at the worst possible time and we apologize for that. Also, as you can imagine, we are having to take extraordinary precautions to keep our employees and community safe. Beginning today, April 3, 2020, the following measures will be in effect:
- No Saturday interments.
- Memorial installations will be suspended for 30 days.
- Office will be open Monday – Friday 8:30-4:30 and closed on weekends.
- We are limiting one family at a time in the office.
- Interment Arrangements can be made via video conferencing, electronic means and by phone. It is not necessary to come into the office.
- Preneed Arrangements can also be made in the same manner.
- If you need to make a payment, we can take credit card info by phone or drop a check in the mail to us.
If you have any questions, please call us at 251-661-1333. Stay safe and be well.
Update from Alabama Department of Public Health & Governor Ivey
March 27, 2020
As we continue to make the safety and health of our customers and employees are number one priority, we are following the guidelines from the ALDPH. The guidelines changed again today to limit gatherings to 10 people or less through April 17, 2020. While we realize this may be an added burden to our families to hold private family only funeral services, we suggest you hold a larger memorial service once we get through the crisis. We can assist you with those plans when the time comes. Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe and be well.
ORDER OF THE STATE HEALTH OFFICER SUSPENDING CERTAIN PUBLIC GATHERINGS DUE TO RISK OF INFECTION BY COVID-19 (APPLICABLE STATEWIDE) AMENDED MARCH 27, 2020 WHEREAS, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been detected in Alabama; and WHEREAS, the appearance of COVID-19 in the State poses the potential of widespread exposure to an infectious agent that poses significant risk of substantial harm to a large number of people; and WHEREAS, the State Board of Health has designated COVID-19 to be a disease of epidemic potential, a threat to the health and welfare of the public, or otherwise of public health importance; and WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, on recommendation of the State Health Officer, Kay Ivey, Governor of the State of Alabama, declared a state public health emergency exists in the State of Alabama; and WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Jefferson County Health Officer, in response to a rapidly growing number of cases of COVID-19 being detected in Jefferson County, issued an order suspending certain public gatherings in that county; and WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, the State Health Officer issued a similar order for counties surrounding Jefferson, including Blount, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, and Walker Counties, and WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, the State Health Officer issued an order, and on March 20, 2020, an amended order, of statewide application suspending certain public gatherings; WHEREAS, further social distancing measures are necessary to be implemented on a statewide basis to prevent the spread of COVID-19; and WHEREAS, Ala. Code § 22-2-2(4), authorizes the State Health Officer, on behalf of the State Board of Health, to direct that conditions prejudicial to health in public places within the State be abated; NOW THEREFORE, THESE PREMISES CONSIDERED, it is ordered that the following be implemented statewide: 1. Effective March 28, 2020 at 5:00 P.M., all non-work related gatherings of 10 persons or more, or non-work related gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot 2 distance between persons, are prohibited.
A Letter to Our Community
March 24, 2020
As you know our community and nation has been upended with the global COVID-19 pandemic. As more and more people are infected each day, the health and safety of our community and employees are our highest priority. If you have a question or want to make an inquiry, please give us a call. There isn’t much we can’t handle over the phone or by electronic means. We are continuing to follow the guidelines as recommended by the Alabama Department of Public Health. While we realize when a family experiences a loss, having friends and family close, helps them cope with their grief. However, during this unprecedented time, we must restrict all burials to 25 or less people. Thank you for your understanding.
Also, as we are inundated daily with the news of increased infections and death associated with the virus, many are reminded of our own mortality and the need to be prepared. However, this pandemic has also added financial pressure to many households. In order to help folks get prepared during the current uncertain financial times, we have created a simple form that allows you and your family to put your burial wishes in writing with no pressure to pay for them now. There is no cost to you to have us record your wishes and these can be changed at any time in the future. Feel free to give us a call and we can help you document your choices. For those who would like to go ahead and begin paying for your selections, we have added some additional no interest and affordable financing terms during this difficult period.
We will update our website and Facebook page should the guidelines change. Stay safe and be well.
State Health Officer issues amended health order suspending public gatherings
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Karen Landers, M.D.
As the number of COVID-19 cases identified in Alabama increases, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris has provided additional guidance suspending public gatherings of Alabamians, in an amended health order issued today and applicable statewide. Under the order:
- All non-work-related gatherings of 25 or more persons, or non-work-related gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited. Employers are to take all reasonable steps to meet these standards for employees and customers.
- Regular programs at senior citizen centers are to be ended, except that the Centers and their partners are urged to assure that their clients continue to receive needed meals via curbside pickup or delivery.
- Facilities providing child day care, including any child day care facility described in Ala. Code Section 38-7-2, may remain open so long as 12 or more children are not allowed in a room or other enclosed or separated space at the same time. Facilities are encouraged to use enhanced sanitation and social-distancing practices consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).
- In-person instruction and classes at all schools and colleges are prohibited.
- Local boards of education may provide daytime special activities programs for some children ages 6 through 12. These programs may be held for children of essential employees of these employers: State and local governments, first responders (including EMS and fire services), law enforcement, hospitals, nursing home/long term care facilities (including assisted living and specialty care assisted living facilities), end-stage renal disease treatment centers, pharmacies and grocery stores.
Other recommendations are as follows:
Hair, Nail, Massage and Tattoo Businesses
The department recommends businesses follow the CDC’s guidance for employers that can be found at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html. The department recommends limiting the number of patrons and staff to less than 25, social distancing, no walk-ins, services by appointment only, spacing patrons in waiting areas, and posting signs not to enter and reschedule if ill.
Funerals, Weddings and Reunions (School and Family)
Limiting the size of gatherings at such events is burdensome, but because of the increased risk of disease spread, the health order includes all gatherings. A request may be submitted in writing to the state health officer for a specific exception. These exceptions will be closely evaluated based on the ability to maintain social distancing and to limit the possibility of disease spread. It is suggested that families have private family services and hold larger services later.
Caregivers for Elderly and Disabled
Sitters for the elderly and disabled who assist with feeding, bathing and other essential life activities will be considered medically necessary. Frequent handwashing and disinfecting surfaces are strongly recommended. ADPH realizes that the 6 feet of social distancing cannot always be observed when bathing and changing patients. Please do not care for any of these fragile patients if you are experiencing any illness.
A determination of whether the order will be extended will be made prior to April 6, 2020.
County health departments throughout Alabama provide a wide range of confidential and professional services. Contact your local county health department for additional information.
Mission: To promote, protect, and improve Alabama’s health
Vision: Healthy People. Healthy Communities. Healthy Alabama.
ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
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Phone: (334) 206-5300 | Fax: (334) 206-5520