GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Hull & Hull Funeral Directors in Grants Pass has been experiencing high demand since Josephine County has seen an uptick in Covid-19 deaths.
Newswatch 12 spoke to Lyn Stanger, a Funeral Director at Hull & Hull. Stanger said the funeral home works closely with Josephine County Public Health's emergency management.
Stanger said, "I think it's important that we always stay focused that we're taking care of somebody that has died. We should never speak in terms of how many bodies there are."
She added, "If a person dies at home and they are not on hospice, and we have seen an uptick of people dying at home with Covid, so they may not be admitted to hospice at home. That means that law enforcement needs to do a death investigation, and they let us know when they're ready for us to make the transfer from the home to the funeral home."
In addition, Hull & Hull has had to respond expediently to Josephine County hospitals that don't have the capacity to take care of those who have passed.
Stanger wanted to clear up any confusion around refrigerator morgues saying, "The funeral homes are the morgue facility. We are the ones that have the refrigerated holding facilities and the staff to make the removal immediately, no matter what the circumstances are."
Stanger says the staff is taking Covid very seriously, as it has already been doing for years with non-Covid deaths, and is putting the families that they serve first.