We just learned a person from our parish tested positive for COVID-19. They were last at the parish on Friday, September 24, 2021. Public Health – King County has been informed and at this time, we have not determined if there were “close contacts” with this person. 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 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 do not come to church or to Mass. Please follow-up with your primary care physician. Please wear a mask while indoors according to the recent archdiocesan and public health recommendation and avoid close contact with people outside your family. Please continue to wear masks, which are now mandated for all indoor functions at the parish, and in general.
At this time, I ask that you please keep this individual in your prayers. We’re grateful that they notified us!
And may God bless you!
Linda M. DeMarce