Omicron Wave Sidelines Waco Mortuary Workers, Putting Crimp In Funeral System | Local News

He said funeral homes can typically store between three and six deceased people at a time, while the Waco morgue can store about 80.

“What seems to be happening is that the decision to use the emergency system to send us refrigerated trailers again is based on the number of deaths, not on the fact that there are no workers to take care of it,” Merrington said.

Brent Shehorn, owner of Lakeshore Funeral Home and Crematory, said his employees were hardest hit in December, when 75% of his staff fell ill, including him. A reduced team of four to five people saw the funeral home through the situation.

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On Friday, he was working from his bed after catching the flu.

“Delta was really bad,” Shehorn said. “During this period, there were capacity constraints. We all had access to the same trailer across the county.

Even sick employees of the omicron variant are still on call.

Isabella Braulik, 21, tested positive last week and since then has been making phone calls, coordinating moves and keeping in touch with loved ones of the deceased. She said that even when there isn’t an emergency, people in the death care industry tend to take a holistic approach.

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