Backlog of bodies caused by COVID-19 forces California air quality agency to suspend cremation limits

“The L.A. County Medical-Examiner Coroner and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health have requested that South Coast AQMD suspend limits on cremations in order to safeguard public health and to respond to the existing emergency. According to the latest state numbers Monday, 7,328 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus in L.A. County.

CBS Los Angeles reports the order was issued at the request of both the Los Angeles County coroners office and the L.A. County Department of Public Health.The air quality management district limits the variety of cremations which can be performed monthly due to air quality guidelines. However, the pandemic has triggered the death rate across the area to more than double, which has actually put a pressure on healthcare facilities, funeral houses and crematoriums, the agency reported.As of Jan. 15, more than 2,700 bodies are stored at both medical facilities and the coroners office, according to the order. “Mobile mortuaries” have actually currently been established outside hospitals in Los Angeles County, where a person dies of coronavirus every 8 minutes, the county stated last week on Twitter..

This Jan. 12, 2021, file photo offered by the L.A. County Dept. of Medical Examiner-Coroner reveals National Guard members assisting with processing COVID-19 deaths and putting them into temporary storage at the L.A. County Medical Examiner-Coroner Office in Los Angeles..

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The absence of storage space for those who have actually passed away of the coronavirus required the firm which manages air quality throughout the Southland to provide an emergency order Sunday night lifting the limit on the variety of cremations allowed. The South Coast Air Quality Management District provided the emergency situation order temporarily suspending license requirements for crematoriums.

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