May 18, 2020 - Announcement
Safe Gathering Requirements During Social Distancing when arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home.
It is our privilege to help you honor your loved one and we’re sorry that at this time of social distancing, you can’t gather as freely as you may like. In order to keep everyone safe and to follow current Pennsylvania health recommendations, all gatherings must adhere to the following requirements:
- No more than 25 people can be in attendance. This number includes family, friends, officiants, Koch Funeral Home staff and graveside personnel, if applicable.
- All guests must wear masks at all times.
- All guests must be at least six feet apart from one another at all times. The only exception is for participants who live with one another.
Thank you for your help in protecting the health of everyone.
May 13, 2020 - Announcement
Governor Tom Wolf moved Centre County into the yellow phase of reopening on Friday, May 8, 2020. In this phase, gatherings can now include up to 25 people. In accordance with that, all visitations and funeral, memorial and graveside services through Koch Funeral Home will not exceed the 25-person limit. This requirement supersedes the 10-person limit previously in place and is added to the other preventive measures already instituted and described below. These preventive measures will remain in effect until further notice.
April 19, 2020 - Announcement
The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued a new order for essential businesses on April 15, 2020. This order requires staff and “all customers to wear masks while on premises, and deny entry to individuals not wearing masks.” In accordance with this order, all staff, families and visitors will wear masks at Koch Funeral Home. These requirements are in addition to the preventive measures already instituted and described below. All preventive measures will remain in effect until further notice.
April 1, 2020 - Announcement
This week the President extended his "15 Days to Slow the Spread" guidance - including the recommendation that organizers not plan public gatherings of more than 10 people - to April 30. The preventive measures we have instituted will continue until that time. Please see the detailed explanations below.
March 26, 2020 - Gazette - Koch Funeral Home During the Pandemic
Click here to read Jackie Naginey Hook's article that was published in the March Mature Life Styles section of the Gazette.
March 25, 2020 - Announcement
Care will continue to be provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For the safety and protection of everyone:
- Our office hours will now be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will not be open to unscheduled visits, so please call 814-237-2712 to schedule an appointment. When you arrive at the funeral home for your scheduled appointment, use the intercom at the front entrance under the large overhang. The intercom phone box is located in the enclosed entrance to the right of the double doors.
- Saturday, Sunday and after office hours’ care is available by calling 814-237-2712.
March 20, 2020 - Announcement
We are taking precautions to create a safe environment for you to honor those you have lost. In accordance with The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America - 15 Days to Slow the Spread, Pennsylvania and CDC guidelines, we are instituting the following best practices:
- Encouraging delayed memorial services for families who can wait.
- Inviting the use of online condolences and signing of the guest book.
- Providing a link to a user-friendly online tribute video creation site.
- Limiting all meetings, services and gatherings to 10 people.
- Facilitating arrangements online, over the phone and with email and fax.
- Postponing preplanning meetings unless the situation is critical.
- Practicing social distancing, including asking for six feet between people and encouraging hands over hearts or hearts formed with two hands instead of handshakes and hugs.
- Posting signs reminding individuals to not enter if they are sick or have any of the symptoms or risk factors of coronavirus.
- We also have CDC flyers posted about stopping the spread of germs.
- Making hand soap and sanitizer available for all visitors to the funeral home to use.
- Having extra tissues in each room and encouraging all guests to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues and then throwing those tissues in an appropriate receptacle.
- Using extreme care in disinfecting all public areas and maintaining proper sanitation of rooms, equipment and public restrooms.
- Screening all staff before the start of their work for elevated temperature.
We are available 24/7 to answer any questions and concerns you may have and will continue to monitor Pennsylvania, CDC and other agencies recommendations. Guidance is also considered from the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, the International Order of the Golden Rule and Selected Independent Funeral Homes. We will update our best practices after the completion of the President’s 15 Days to Slow the Spread.
Most of all, remember that during times of uncertainty it is important to rely upon one another and to come together as a community. Koch Funeral Home is honored to be a part of the Centre Region community and we will do all we can to be there for you throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
F. Glenn Fleming
Supervisor and Funeral Director
Please call 814.237.2712 or fill in the contact form below if you have questions.