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Priest at Las Vegas Catholic Church tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 5:31 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 20:33:23-04

The Diocese of Las Vegas said it was notified on Tuesday that a priest from Christ the King Catholic Church has tested positive for COVID-19.

The parish, located at 4925 S. Torrey Pines Drive, was immediately closed for sanitization and cleaning. It will remain closed until further notice, according to the diocese.

All individuals working at the parish have been directed to self-quarantine for 14 days.

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The priest in question last celebrated Mass on July 9 in a mask and used hand sanitizer as protocol dictated, according to the diocese. He was asymptomatic on that date and was tested as a precautionary measure the week prior.

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

The diocese says the council continues to be responsible for outlining protocols each parish must follow to meet CDC and the Southern Nevada Health District safety guidelines.

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While all established protocols and guidelines are being followed, the Diocese of Las Vegas says it will bring the recent events to the council for review and possible action going forward.

The currently established protocols for the Diocese of Las Vegas include ensuring a 50-person limit, temperature checks of everyone entering the parish, social distancing requirements, face coverings, and more, according to the diocese.