Virus, homicides, drugs put strains on Alabama funeral homes

Alabama News

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The director of the Alabama Board of Funeral Service says businesses across the state have been reaching out for advice on how to handle the large volume of recent deaths due to COVID-19 and other causes.

Charles Perine tells AL.com that crematoriums in the state are running almost “around the clock,” and some funeral businesses report adding extra cremation shifts to handle the extra load.

AL.com reports that hospitalizations have set new highs throughout January in the state.

In January, Alabama watched the total deaths from the pandemic cross 5,000 and then keep climbing past 6,000.

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