Priest at Las Vegas Church Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The Diocese of Las Vegas announced Thursday that a Priest at a valley church has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a news release, the Priest works at Holy Family Catholic Church in Las Vegas.

He conducted Mass on Wednesday, July 8 in a mask and used hand sanitizer as Diocese protocol dictates, the release noted. The Priest 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, officials 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,” Steve Meriwether, Director of Security for the Diocese of Las Vegas.

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

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SOURCE: FOX5 Vegas, Caitlin Lilly