To Our Families
Informational Bulletin on Funerals and COVID-19
Sharp Funeral Home is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for our valued staff and the community we are honored to serve. We have been closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 corovirus outbreak in accordance with Carroll County Public Health, Iowa Department of Public Health and the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). We have posted signage in the funeral home advising visitors to make responsible decisions about attending services if they don't feel well and to avoid handshakes and hugs.
We want you to know we are open and available to help you and we still respond when a death occurs. We appreciate the trust you place in us and will continue to closely monitor the situation and take actions necessary to help keep our staff and community safe while providing services you need during this difficult time.
An update from Sharp Funeral Home regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic. As most of you have heard the Iowa Department of Public Health has limited any gatherings, social, religious, or spiritual to 10 or less people. Unfortunately, any funeral service at this time falls under this mandate.
We understand this makes a difficult time for families even more difficult. Unfortunately, we have to enforce this mandate, as the health and safety of our client families is of paramount priority.
Therefore all services will be recorded and uploaded, or broadcast live when possible. If a service cannot be broadcast live, the service will be uploaded within 24 hours of the service.
All live broadcasted services will be available on our YouTube Channel at least 5 minutes before the start of the service. To find those services please click this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqd2eeRJk5RTdEJoEooUoAQ/videos?view=2&flow=grid
All recorded services can be found at this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqd2eeRJk5RTdEJoEooUoAQ
Thank you for your understanding.
Kyle J. Atkinson
June 1 Proclamation
Beginning June 1, social, community, recreational, leisure and sporting gatherings, which includes funeral visitations, of more than 10 people may be held, however, the following provisions must be followed:
- Capacity is limited to 50% of normal operating capacity (indoor or outdoor) to ensure adequate space for groups.
- The gathering organizer must ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual attending alone.
- The gathering organizer must implement other reasonable measures under the circumstances of each gathering to ensure social distancing of gathering participants, increased hygiene practices and promote other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
Any social, community, recreational, leisure and sporting gathering or event of more than 10 people that does not comply with these requirements shall continue to be prohibited at all locations and venues.
All vulnerable Iowans should limit their in-person interactions and exercise care and caution when engaging in any necessary interactions.
April 17 Update
From the beginning of the COVID 19, Coronavirus Outbreak, Sharp Funeral Home has been committed to maintaining a safe workplace and environment for our staff and the community we are honored to serve.
As I mentioned from my first statement of this pandemic, we would monitor the situation with attention to detail and common sense, including the recommendations from the CDC, Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Office of Kim Reynolds, Governor.
These are unprecedented times. From day one we have taken a proactive approach to conduct funerals in private with immediate family members in attendance. To accommodate other relatives, and friends we are offering live-broadcasting of funerals via our YouTube Channel.
Although some funeral homes have decided to offer public visitations with ten people in and out at a time; Sharp Funeral Home will not be following that practice. After doing our own research: talking with local officials, The Governor's Office and state health officials, as well as our colleagues in other states that have been impacted severely by COVID 19, any facility cannot be properly disinfected in that short of time, leading to the possible community spread of the virus that you have seen in other areas.
Currently local hospitals and nursing homes are allowing NO visitors. Businesses that have been forced to close, are not allowed to have ten people at a time in their stores. Furthermore, we do not want to encourage travel across the United States or even statewide. We are here to serve you and to offer service options to honor your loved one while still keeping the health of your family and public of upmost importance.
As from the beginning, we will continue to monitor this daily, and allow public services when circumstances allow.
Thank you for your understanding, be well, and God Bless.
Kyle J. Atkinson
Sharp Funeral Home