A priest in Arizona has tested optimistic for the coronavirus, prompting a bishop to enter quarantine and get tested for the virus, the Diocese of Phoenix introduced in a press release Saturday.
Parishioners have additionally been suggested to watch their well being following the optimistic check of Father Rafael Umaña of Saints Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix. His situation has “steadily improved” and he takes precautions within the rectory to guard the protection of others.
“If you attended the 6 p.m. Mass the past two Sundays or had close contact with Fr. Rafael in the past two weeks, you should monitor your health in the coming days, and you may want to consider being tested for COVID-19, especially if you or someone in your household is particularly vulnerable due to age or underlying health conditions,” mentioned Fr. John Lankeit, rector of the cathedral, in a letter to parishioners.
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Lankeit and Bishop Thomas Olmsted — who at present oversees the Phoenix cathedral — are actually self-isolating as they await their check outcomes. Every day Lots and confessions have been canceled from Monday till Wednesday. Solely final Sunday’s 9 a.m. televised Mass was celebrated on the Roman Catholic church.
Final week, Olmstead had talked in regards to the significance of doing the “little things,” to restrict the unfold of the coronavirus. That included following the rules by state well being officers and asking churchgoers at Mass to “please wear a face mask in a spirit of care for your fellow parishioners.”
The cathedral has additionally required employees and parishioners to put on the coverings throughout Lots, as well as to sustaining social distancing, in line with Glendale’s KTAR-FM.
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The church reportedly closed throughout Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home order, in line with AZ Central. It reopened in mid-Might and Mass seating was restricted to 150 individuals.
“Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. We will send additional updates as information becomes available,” the letter added.
Maricopa County — the place Phoenix is positioned — has reported at the least 44,962 confirmed coronavirus circumstances and greater than 746 deaths from the virus, in line with the Arizona Department of Health Services. At the very least 2,588 new COVID-19 circumstances had been reported on Sunday and 417,546 assessments have been administered within the county because the begin of the pandemic.
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Arizona has seen greater than 73,920 confirmed circumstances of the novel coronavirus and at the least 1,594 deaths from the virus, in line with information from Johns Hopkins College.