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Coronavirus Advisory

In response to the public health crisis associated with the Coronavirus, the NC Board of Funeral Service has closed the office suite at 1033 Wade Avenue in Raleigh, NC to visitors until further notice. Board staff are also subject to telework arrangements and not on-site unless necessary. Even though we are taking all necessary precautions to assure our safety and well-being during this time of crisis, we are continuing our services to licensees and the public through emails and telephone calls. We appreciate your patience and regret any inconvenience to you. Please check the Coronavirus Advisory page on this website for information on the impact of the virus on the funeral service profession. Licensees should check email accounts for daily advisories from the Board regarding critical information pertaining to funeral service. Thank you.

Coronavirus News

Message from the Board

This page is updated regularly with information for licensees regarding COVID-19.
Please read the letter from Stephen Davis, Executive Director of the Board: Letter to Licensees and Permit Holders

U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention [CDC]
NC Department of Health & Human Services: Coronavirus Task Force
OSHA: Guidelines for Deathcare Workers

"Informational Webinar for Licensees on the Coronavirus"

– Sponsored by Padgett & King and Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Homes.
This webinar is presented for information only to licensees regarding the COVID-19 epidemic.   Registration for this presentation is not required.

Important Information and Communications

Following are news items, letters, executive orders, and other important information.

May 21:
Executive Order 141
May 21:
FAQ’s – Phase 2
April 20:
Executive Order 131 FAQ’s
April 9:
OCME Memo on COVID-19 Postmortem Testing
April 2:
OCME Cremation Authorization Forms
Example Authorization for Cremation
March 27:
Executive Order 121 from Governor Roy Cooper
March 26:
In the March 25th Licensee Advisory, we included placards that you could download and print for use in funeral home vehicles. We furnished these placards particularly for those funeral homes in a municipality or county where “Stay-at-Home” orders are in place. We regret that the links were not functional and thus prevented you from downloading them. The placards are furnished here so that you can access them if necessary. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Placard – Funeral Professional
Placard – Cemetery Professional
March 23:
Infection Prevention Guidelines from OCME
March 23:
Executive Order 120 from Governor Roy Cooper
March 20:
Letter to Governor – Funeral Service Essential
March 20:
NFDA News Release: Mortuary Workers deemed ‘Critical Infrastructure Workers’
March 16:
Press Release: Spread of Coronavirus Impacts NC Funeral Homes
March 14:
Executive Order 117 from Governor Roy Cooper