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Diocese of Las Vegas: Priest from Holy Family Catholic Church tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 10:19 AM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 20:29:42-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Diocese of Las Vegas says a priest from Holy Family Catholic Church has tested positive for COVID-19.

The church is located on Mountain Vista Street near Harmon Avenue.

The priest conducted Mass on July 8 in a mask and used hand sanitizer, the Diocese says.

He was notified later that day that he tested positive.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Parish is immediately closing for sanitization and cleaning and will be closed until further notice.

In a statement to the media the Steve Meriwether, director of security for the Diocese of Las Vegas, said:

“We have a moral and ethical obligation to notify anyone who attended the 8:30a.m. Mass on July 8th at Holy Family Catholic Church that this Priest was in attendance and recommend that they seek testing. All individuals working at the Parish who have come in contact with the Priest have been notified to self-quarantine and will be tested."

As part of the reopening process, Bishop George Leo Thomas, Ph.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Las Vegas, established the Diocesan Restoration Council.

The Council was, and continues to be, responsible for outlining protocols each Parish must follow to meet CDC and SNHD health and safety guidelines. Prior to reopening, each Parish submitted a plan to the Diocese that outlined how it planned to follow the established protocols.

These protocols include ensuring the current 50-person limit, temperature checks of everyone entering the Parish, social distancing requirements, face coverings for everyone over 10 years of age entering the Parish, cleaning and sanitization of the Parish between every Mass and continued limitations of Communion and the removal of Holy Water within the Parish.

All Diocese of Las Vegas buildings require a temperature check prior to entry, face coverings and are regularly cleaned and sanitized.