Dear parishioners,

I wanted to offer my sincere gratitude for your patience during this challenging time. We certainly all look forward to the day when we can return to normal scheduling and things about the parish, but it appears that time is not yet! As always, we want to thank all of you who have so generously supported the parish through the giving of your time, talents, and treasure. You are keeping us moving forward with the Spirit!

I also wanted to let you know that we have received word of a COVID positive test from an individual who has been active in our parish. We
will not provide the name of this individual to maintain their right to privacy. However, if the individual indicated that they were in close
contact and increased exposure to you (defined as within six feet and for 15 minutes or longer) you will be privately notified. There is no
reason to panic or to be alarmed, as we are doing our due diligence to follow the recommendations of local health authorities and the CDC.

Here are the next steps:

  • The local health authority has been notified and we are consulting with them.
  • The spaces where the individual has been will be thoroughly disinfected and sanitized. Once complete, we will be able to go back to normal Mass offerings and services.
  • For now, the Parish Office remains closed until next week; please continue to sanitize before and after your visit and wear a mask when safe distancing cannot be maintained.
  • As a reference, here are the CDC guidelines on quarantine, including the standard for when to quarantine, and how to count the beginning day (last day of close contact with the person who had the positive test) and the guidelines for people who get the positive test or have symptoms:
  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-aresick/quarantine.html
  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-aresick/end-home-isolation.html

Please note again that we are doing everything we can to follow the guidelines of local medical authorities and the CDC, along with advisement from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. If you have any concerns or symptoms, please seek attention from a medical care professional and follow their guidance.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send me a message.

Keep spreading joy!
Fr. Friedel

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