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Grenada: Funeral home turns to refrigerated container to stock bodies

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Another funeral home in Grenada has been forced to turn to a Refrigerated Container to store the increasing number of Covid-19 dead on the island.

THE NEW TODAY was able to confirm that Bailey’s Funeral Home on the Carenage has joined La Qua Funeral Agency near to the St. George’s Cemetery to look towards the installation of a container to handle the quick rising number of bodies in its possession.

When asked to confirm the reports about the container, a spokesman for Bailey’s retorted: “How you know about that already? I want to know how you know that because I just came off the phone talking to make the arrangements. I have somebody coming now to deal with that.”

The spokesman said that Bailey’s is making arrangements to bring the container onto its Carenage location “right now” with the assistance of Grenlec to power it on to help store the Covid-19 dead bodies.

He could not give precise details about the death toll at his funeral agency as more bodies came in within the last two days.

“I don’t know – that is what I need to tally now,” he said

However, when pressed for figures, the funeral home official said it could be around 30 bodies.

Bailey Funeral Home is known to have capacity in its two fridges to hold about 30 bodies.

A funeral home official said that with proper packing a refrigerated container can hold in excess of 50 bodies.

On Thursday night at a high-level meeting between Health Minister Nickolas Steele, Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Shawn Charles, the Directors of Funeral Homes, members of the Clergy and other Social Partners the funeral homes indicated that they had about 67 Covid-19 bodies on hand waiting to be buried or cremated.

These figures did not include the number of persons already cremated or buried by the Homes.

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