SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – AdventHealth has achieved capability at its medical center morgues thanks to an influx of COVID-19 people.


What You Will need To Know

  • Morgues at AdventHealth hospitals have arrived at potential
  • Funeral residences are also working with area problem amid rising COVID-19 deaths
  • Tommy Hayes, III of Hayes Brothers Funeral Residence claims bookings have doubled in the final six months

The clinic method has began to hire refrigerated coolers in Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, and Volusia counties. 

Telephones have never ever run like they have in the previous 6 months for Tommy Hayes, III.

When you enter the Hayes Brothers Funeral Residence in Altamonte Springs, the mobile phone is most likely presently ringing.

“Good morning, Hayes Brothers Funeral House,” isn’t how people today are greeted at the door, but can be heard from the office environment upcoming to it.

An embalmer and funeral director for 37 several years, Tommy Hayes III and his marketplace has had to make some challenging selections.

Getting into his chapel, he clarifies much less individuals are authorized in mainly because of COVID and social distancing.  

It is not just spacing for families and buddies. It’s acquiring room or a put for their cherished one until eventually a funeral can consider put. It is a thing that the funeral director now juggles.

“The funeral residences have restricted house, the storage facilities have restricted house,” Hayes mentioned. “The crematory has constrained room, and with the frustrating volume of instances coming in it is backlogging everybody.”

To help with the backlog that begins at the clinic technique, Central Florida hospitals have now uncovered other ways to retail outlet bodies.

There had been 14 different moveable morgue units brought in to support the two Advent Well being and Orlando Well being healthcare businesses, according to the Orange County General public Basic safety Director.

Only 3 to four folks can be saved at Hayes’ funeral property at 1 time, but hospitals carry on to try out and prioritize house.

“They want to get to the very moment they can assume some aid,” Hayes mentioned.

Amongst storing cherished kinds, spacing loved kinds in a chapel, and looking at bookings double in just the previous 6 months, Hayes admits he has in no way skilled just about anything like this in his nearly 40 yrs in organization.

“We have not found this kind of influx in the funeral field,” Hayes stated. “Even during AIDS and HIV, it was not to this degree.”

All the funerals that Hayes Brothers Funeral Properties are hosting are not all for COVID fatalities, but he does say they account for far more than a quarter of them.