Bay Area cemetery nears capacity as COVID-19 deaths surge

SAN MATEO COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) - As the COVID-19 death toll rises in the Bay Area, frontline workers are tested each day.

However, they're not the only ones living the morbid reality.

Funeral homes and cemeteries have experienced a spike in services needed over the last couple of months.

One of those funeral homes is Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, San Mateo County.

President and CEO of Cypress Lawn Cemetery Robert Gordon says right now they're at about 85% of their capacity.

And that's after they already quadrupled their capacity early on in the pandemic with things like the refrigerated containers.

However, due to this current surge, Gordon worries more space will be needed.

The funeral home purchased containers with coolers at the beginning of the pandemic to expand capacity, if needed.

They haven't had to use them until now.

They say they're now serving 4 to 5 times the number of families that are impacted by COVID.

The funeral hopes to see a slow down and stop to COVID deaths as vaccinations continue.

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