Cherokee County funeral homes limit gatherings

Acknowledging the threat posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, Cherokee County mortuaries have agreed to limit public gatherings to no more than 10 people at a time.

Chief Marshal Ron Hunton said in a news release posted to Facebook that he made the request of the funeral homes, based on evidence that eight cases of coronavirus and several exposures in Dougherty County originated at two funeral services held there.

The limit of 10 people is based on recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and President Trump, Hunton said.

"We recognize the sacrifice this will require of families in mourning as well as the funeral service providers, but we feel it is necessary for the well-being of all parties and the community," Hunton said. Information: