We just learned several persons from this parish have tested positive for COVID-19. They were last at Mass on Sunday June 13, 2021. Public Health Pierce County has been informed and at this time, we have not determined that there were any “close contacts” with these persons. By definition, close contact is when someone was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/contact-tracing/contact-tracing-plan/appendix.html#contact [cdc.gov]
Out of an abundance of caution, we will keep the church closed for the next week, through Monday, June 20, 2021. We wanted to alert you so that you can monitor for symptoms. Public Health does not advise that people get tested, unless you feel symptoms or have had known close contact with someone who tested positive. As a reminder, the symptoms to watch out for include:
• A temperature of at least 100.4°F
• Increased shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• A new cough
• Muscle pain
• Sore throat
• New loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, vomiting, runny nose/congestion or fatigue
If you experience any of these symptoms, please follow-up with your primary care physician. I want to thank you for following our safety protocols while at a Mass. At this time, I ask that you please keep these parishioners in your prayers, as well as all people on the front lines caring for the sick and their families. We are so grateful for their selfless service to our communities. Please feel free to contact me with questions.
God bless you!
Chief of Staff | Office of the Vicar for Clergy
Archdiocese of Seattle
206-382-2060 | email@example.com