The South Coast Air Quality Management Region said in a news release Sunday that permits for crematoria typically contain limits on the number of human remains that can be cremated each month, based on the potential impact they will have on air quality.
However, following requests from both the district investigator and the health department, the agency issued an urgent order to suspend the permit conditions, which limit the number of cremations, as long as the crematoria send an e-mail notification and meet certain requirements.
“The current mortality rate is more than twice as high as the pre-pandemic years, leading to overcapacity of hospitals, funeral homes and crematoria without being able to process the accumulated cases,”
; a statement from the South Coast AQMD said. .
And his order says that another influx of deaths is approaching, fueled by the gatherings that took place during the New Year’s holiday.
The emergency order will be valid for 10 days and can be extended, the agency said.
Los Angeles County health officials said Sunday that more than 13,800 people have died from Covid-19 since the pandemic began, and more than 7,400 remain hospitalized with the virus – 23 percent of whom are in the intensive care unit.
Late last week, county health officials said both health workers and the capacity of the intensive care unit remained “strained.”
“The most important action that everyone must take to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives is to stay at home and not mix with others who are not in your household,” the statement said. .