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2020 Op. Ill. Att'y Gen. 1 (2020)

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                                 STATE OF ILLINOIS
                                      April 16, 2020

 FILE NO. 20-001

 Role of County Coroners in
 Fatality Management Resulting
 From an Infectious Oisease Pandemnic

 Ms. Alicia T -a e
 Director, I in   me   n   M     ement Age
 2200 Sou    irksen Parkway
 Springfie d, Ilinois 62703

 Dear Ms.    e-   ea

              I have your letter inquiring whether, in circumstances where a disaster has been

 declared pursuant to section 7 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act (the

 Emergency Management Act) (20 ILCS 3305/7 (West 2018)), coroners are prohibited under

 division 3-3 of th,e Counties Code (55 ILCS 5/3-3001 through 3-3045 (West 2018)) from taking

 possession of and assisting in the storage of dead bodies where the deaths were caused by the

 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). For the reasons stated below, it i§ my opinion that there

 are noprovisions in division 3-3 of the Counties Code that expressly prohibit a county coroner

 from assisting with the collection, transportation, and storage of dead bodies during a duly

 declared statewide'disaster resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak. To the contrary, provisions

 of the Emergency Mantgement Act (20 ILCS 3305/1 el seq..(West 2018)) and the Department of

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