PRIEST TESTS POSITIVE
The Diocese of Sacramento is notifying parishioners and health officials after a priest tested positive for COVID-19.
The priest preaches at St. Peter's in Dixon and held a mass last week, the diocese said Thursday.
A report by KCRA radio said the church wasn't following safety directions and the priest and deacons did not wear a mask during communion, officials said.
“We are deeply concerned by this news and extremely disappointed that some of the required precautions appear not to have been followed,” the diocese said in a statement. “Our focus at this time is on notifying parishioners and the community, but we will continue to investigate this matter and take any remedial actions required.”
The diocese has notified the Solano County Public Health Department. Officials will now notify members of the parish and others in Dixon about the possible exposure to coronavirus.
There will be no public masses at St. Peter's parish until further notice.
“The church will be thoroughly sanitized, and we will continue researching every available method to get this important information to all who may need it,” the diocese said. “Public Masses at this parish will resume only when we are entirely sure they can do so in a way that truly safeguards the health of attendees and the community.”