Priest At Southeast Church Tests Positive For COVID-19

Conducted Mass Wednesday, Then Got Positive Test Result

Associated Press
July 10, 2020 - 5:50 am
Sections of seating are cordoned off with caution tape during a service at the International Church of Las Vegas on May 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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LAS VEGAS, NV (AP) - Roman Catholic Church officials in Las Vegas say they have temporarily closed a church where a priest conducted Mass this week before learning he had tested positive for COVID-19.

The Diocese for Las Vegas said in a news release Thursday that Holy Family Catholic Church at Harmon and Mountain Vista would be cleaned and sanitized and that it would be closed until further notice.

Church officials said the priest wore a mask and used a hand sanitizer, but they recommended that anyone who attend the Mass conducted 8:30 a.m. Wednesday be tested. 

Officials also said those working at the parish who came in contact with the priest have been told to self-quarantine and be tested.

Diocese officials said all of its buildings require a temperature check prior to entry, face coverings and are regularly cleaned and sanitized, officials said in the release