Local funeral homes and coroners here in St Vincent and the Grenadines are prepared to handle deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19). This was revealed last week (Thursday 11th, February, 2021) during a Virtual Press Conference hosted by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment.
At the press conference held last Thursday, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment was asked what are the protocols for the final rites of persons who died as a result of COVID-19, outside of the protocols related to mass gatherings.
In replying, Epidemiologist Dr. Charmaine Bailey-Rogers, Registrar in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment noted:
“In response to the question concerning the arrangements for burial for persons who have died of COVID-19, we would just like to say that the funeral homes have been trained to collect and to handle the bodies appropriately. And that burial is usually closed-casket.”
Six (6) persons, three (3) females and three (3) males all over the age of 45 have since died as a result of COVID-19 here in St Vincent and the Grenadines.