Update to Care of Deceased Patients with COVID-19 or Deceased Person Under Investigation (PUI)

Please see the updated steps for care of deceased patients in which respiratory infection* is the cause of death:

  • Inform the funeral home the cause of death was due to “respiratory infection”.
  • Obtain two body bags
  • Continue to use PPE as previously advised (surgical mask, gown, gloves, goggles)
  • Perform post-mortem care
  • Disinfect the decedent airways: using forceps, securely place rolled gauze or cotton balls in the nostril and mouth. Use a syringe to soak cotton with hydrogen peroxide.
  • Cover the decedent face with a face towel dampened with hydrogen peroxide.
  • Double bag the deceased body
  • Disinfect outside of body bag and morgue cart with purple top Sani Wipes
  • Maintain standard precautions (gloves only) during transport of body to morgue
  • Standard precautions (gloves only) required during transfer of body from morgue to funeral home
  • Once deceased body is picked up by funeral home, follow standard procedures for morgue cleaning with hospital approved disinfectant

*Steps should be implemented for all cases of infectious respiratory diseases: tuberculosis, influenza A/B, COVID-19, etc.


Adapted from the CDC Interim Guidance for Collection and Submission of Postmortem Specimens from Deceased Persons with Known or Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19, March 2020

Recommendations of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association to Facilitate the Transfer of Deceased Patients from Hospital Facilities, March 31, 2020

April 5, 2020