We regret to inform you that we have been notified that one of our parish staff members has tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff member was last in the parish office on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. The individual was not observed to be exhibiting symptoms at that time. This individual has been in quarantine since Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Out of an abundance of caution due to close contact, Fr. Andrew Mulcahey (Father Andrew tested negative) and other office staff are now in quarantine. The parish office will remain closed until Thursday, October 29, 2020, so they may complete their quarantine period. The weekend Masses will continue to be celebrated as regularly scheduled.

As a reminder, symptoms to watch for include:

Image of the COVID virus from the CDC
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Mild or moderate difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea or vomiting

If you exhibit any of these symptoms, inform your medical provider of the circumstances of your exposure and ask if you should be tested. If you experience any of the symptoms below, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

In the unlikely event you become symptomatic and receive COVID-positive test results, please contact our pastor, Fr. Andrew Mulcahey at the parish office (847) 468-6900 or amulcahey@rockforddiocese.org so we may maintain vigilance for the health of all others at the Masses you recently attended. As is the case here, your identity will not be revealed to other parishioners or attendees. If you do begin to display any of the above symptoms, out of care for others, please do not return to church until 14 days are passed, and know that we will look forward to seeing you again in person when you return to good health.

Per our parish cleaning and disinfecting protocols, be assured that our church and all common areas continue to be thoroughly disinfected regularly following each and every liturgical event in our church and any parish activities. Everyone’s health and wellbeing remain our foremost priority.

Together, let us join in praying for the recovery of our parish staff member and asking our Blessed Mother to intercede on our behalf to her Son, the Divine Physician, to protect us all from this illness.

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