We are saddened to inform you that Father Tony tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday evening, Saturday, Oct. 2.
We understand this may be concerning news, especially to parishioners who celebrated the sacrament of reconciliation with him or attended Mass yesterday afternoon. Please know he had no indication he was positive for the coronavirus at that time. He does not believe anyone who celebrated the sacrament of reconciliation or attended Mass is considered a close contact. The CDC defines a close contact as being within six feet of the individual for 15 minutes or more within 24 hours in the two days before their symptoms showed up or before they went for a test. Parishioners do not need to quarantine due to a possible exposure; however, they are encouraged to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms over the next 14 days.
Father Danny has been fully vaccinated and will remain available to take care of your pastoral and spiritual needs. He does not need to quarantine unless he becomes symptomatic. The parish office remains open to serve you.
We share this news in our effort to be fully transparent with you. We care about all of you, and our primary goal is to keep you healthy and whole in body and spirit. This news should reinforce our vigilance of following all parish and CDC recommendations, including staying home if you are sick, maintaining proper social distancing, and washing your hands regularly.
Parishioners are highly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if they are able. The Catholic Bishops of Michigan have issued guidance on the moral permissibility of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine: https://grdiocese.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/michigan-bishops-covid-vaccines-statement-march-2021.pdf
General information may be found on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
We are working with the Kent County Health Department and will continue to work to provide the safest environment possible for our parish community. As we move through this pandemic, we will continue to be diligent with communication and awareness. Let us pray for everyone suffering from COVID-19, our health care workers and public health officials, and each other as we come together in hope that this virus will one day pass.