Aug 16, 2022 - News

FEMA distributes $142M for COVID-19 funerals

Illustration of a hand at a vigil holding a candle wrapped in a $100 bill.
Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

FEMA has doled out more than $142.6 million in funeral assistance to Pennsylvanians for COVID-related deaths through Aug. 11, according to the federal agency.

How it works: FEMA pays up to $9,000 to reimburse funeral expenses associated with a death attributed to COVID-19.

  • That includes burial, cremation, casket, headstone and other expenses.

By the numbers: More than 46,300 people have died from the virus in Pennsylvania, including more than 5,200 in Philly, according to the state's online dashboard.

  • Federal funding has helped pay for 21,601 funerals in the Keystone State, with the average payment coming in around $6,600, FEMA Region 3 spokesperson Charlie Elison told Axios.

Zoom in: Philly, the state's most populous county, received the most funding in the state — $15.8 million.

Zoom out: FEMA has provided more than $2.7 billion to assist with funerals across the country and still has funds available.

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