Nebraska Church Cancels Services for the Next Two Weeks After Priest Contracts Coronavirus

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church of Omaha

A church in Nebraska is closing down its office and suspending worship services for the next two weeks after one of its priests was found to have the coronavirus.

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church of Omaha announced this week that it was temporarily closing down after its associate pastor, Father Toby Letak, tested positive for COVID-19.

Father Ralph O’Donnell of St. Margaret Mary sent a letter out to the congregation, explaining that while positive for the virus, Letak was “not symptomatic at this time and has not had a fever.”

“He arranged for testing this week only after experiencing a brief bout of nausea. Father Toby plans to quarantine at the rectory and appreciates your prayers,” wrote O’Donnell.

“I am not experiencing any symptoms, nor is anyone in our office. However, out of an abundance of caution, those who have worked closely with Fr. Toby will self-quarantine for the next two weeks and be tested as well.”

While in-person worship services will be canceled, the church property itself will remain open to the public on a daily basis, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

O’Donnell encouraged anyone who was less than six feet from Letak for at least 10 minutes to self-quarantine for two weeks, even if they wore a face mask while around the priest.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski