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Breaking News ! A funeral director in York has confirmed that his business was recently on the verge of being at capacity as coronavirus deaths put a huge strain on the mortuary. Marin Rowley, who was recently awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours list, told YorkshireLive : "If we had one more death we would have been overstretched". An emergency facility has been set up in North Yorkshire, but it is not yet operational and will only be utilised "should it be needed", a council spokesperson confirmed. A similar facility has also been set up in South Yorkshire, while an emergency mortuary in Leeds is now in use for the first time in the pandemic. Mr Rowley, who owns Rowley and Sons Family Funeral Services, said the "worst-case scenario" almost happened to him just a few weeks ago. 'A worst-case scenario for us is that we get overwhelmed' He said: "At one stage, we were completely at capacity to the point where if we had one more death we would have been overstretched. "We plan for the worst and hope for the best, as any business does. "A worst-case scenario for us is that we get overwhelmed. "North Yorkshire have got temporary mortuary facilities if needed, but that hasn't been the case yet. "The facility has been up and running since last year and is available to all funeral directors in North Yorkshire." Mortuaries have been placed under severe strain by the coronavirus pandemic (Image: 2020 Getty Images) North Yorkshire County Council confirmed that a temporary facility is on standby, but has not yet been activated. A spokesperson said: "Like all Local Resilience Forums, North Yorkshire has a plan in place should additional facilities be needed for a broad range of matters, including supporting hospitals and funeral directors. "This facility has not been needed but the plan remains in place should it be needed." Thankfully, Mr Rowley's mortuary has not yet not overrun and although Wednesday, January 13 saw the highest UK death toll in the pandemic so far, he said that his business is managing to cope as things stand.
. "We saw a spike in March, April and May last year and the number of Covid deaths we had last year were high.
"It tends to drop off towards the back end of summer and into autumn, before picking up again in winter. We can normally predict the number of deaths based on seasons, but that's becoming more difficult. "We are still seeing an increase in the number of Covid deaths." Despite the troubling times, Mr Rowley said that one positive of the pandemic has been the community spirit among the city's funeral directors. He and his competitors have "put allegiances to one side" and shared PPE over the past 10 months to ensure families can lay their loved ones to rest.
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With Mr Rowley working in the business alongside his wife, three sons and his daughter-in-law, a positive coronavirus test for any of the family members would bring their work to an abrupt halt. However, they all recently received their first dose of the Covid vaccination to ensure they can keep working throughout the pandemic. "If one of us fell ill with the virus, then it would really affect us massively," said Mr Rowley. "Four of us live in the same house. It's good to work together, but it brings its own risks. "We were able to get the vaccination at the weekend, when we got our first dose. We obviously still need to take all the necessary precautions, but we were thrilled that we were able to get it."
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