Funeral homes in St. Vincent and the Grenadines have been trained to handle the remains of persons who are COVID-19 positive when they die.
Six persons have died of COVID-19 in SVG and some of the funerals have already taken place.
At a press conference on Thursday, the Ministry of Health was asked what are the protocols – separate from those relating to mass gatherings — for the final rites of persons who died as a result of COVID.
In response, epidemiologist Dr. Charmaine Bailey-Rogers said:
“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.” Bailey-Rogers did not indicate whether burial at sea for such persons is permitted.