The service confirms a truck has been deployed to a site in Fraser Health.
Morgues across the province are reaching capacity not only due to the pandemic but also the overdose crisis, the association said.
Dr. Jatinder Baidwan, chief medical officer with the Coroners Service, said while they are feeling the strain, bringing in the truck actually allows them to manage the situation easier and not put anyone’s safety at risk.
“The procedures we have in place allow us to maintain the standards we’ve always set when we respect and when we store our loved ones after they die, before they go on to their final disposition,” Baidwan said. “We want to do that in the same way that we’ve always managed to do. So we are strained but we’re certainly not cracking.”
Baidwan added they are using this situation to strengthen their service and the collaboration they have with the ministry of health and the B.C. Funeral Association, which agrees capacity has been an issue for years but the dual health crisis is making the situation worse.
“We’ve got the overdose crisis, we’ve got the natural death rate increasing amongst the elderly, and the provinces’ COVID-19 deaths, so we’ve got these three issues colliding and that’s caused some challenges amongst our members and amongst the health authorities in British Columbia,” Jason Everden, president of the B.C. Funeral Association, told Global News.View link »