Cattaraugus County To Setup Expanded Mortuary Planning

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LITTLE VALLEY – Officials in Cattaraugus County are working to setup an expanded mortuary plan as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop.

The Cattaraugus County Office of Emergency Services said Wednesday evening the mortuary preparations are part of new mandates from New York State.

“The Office of Emergency Services would like to stress that at no time will this plan impact public safety or health,” said officials. “This office has prided itself on being prepared for all situations as they arise.”

“Once our plan is approved, it will be required for Emergency Services to conduct a drill to evaluate procedures for documentation, identification, security and transportation,” officials furthered. “Lessons learned from our downstate partners show that preparation, planning, evaluation of plans, and securing the proper assets is key to success.”

Officials say that two refrigerated trailers stored at the county DPW barn in the Town of Allegany will be used part of the morgue setup.


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