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Marion County Coroner's Office asks for more funding to get through year

Posted at 12:10 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 12:10:59-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Coroner's Office is asking for more money to help get through the rest of 2020.

Alfarena McGinty, the chief deputy coroner, described the year as "tumultuous" during Wednesday night's Public Safety and Criminal Justice meeting.

"It has been a challenge for us, as you know, we are on the front lines. We're still going into homes conducting those death investigations with people who are potentially infected with COVID," McGinty said.

"Our staff is working more than they've ever worked in the past to protect themselves and to protect our staff, so we are actually still in the office every single day performing autopsies and conducting investigations for all of Marion County," McGinty added.

The MCCO is overwhelmed with the COVID-19 crisis and a record number of homicides in Indianapolis.

Part of the extra funding would help pay for personal protective equipment.

The committee voted in favor of the coroner's request, but it still needs to be approved by the full council.