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COVID Announcement

Greetings!  Below is a letter that was sent to everyone who attended Masses here at the parish on November 21 and 22.  Someone was at the Masses who later tested positive for the virus. To deal with this we have followed the protocols established by the Archdiocese of Boston, which required us to be in touch with the City of Methuen Health Department and follow any guidance they gave on top of that which the Archdiocese requires.  

We have notified all people who attended the Mass to share with them the information so that they can self-monitor and report any health concerns to their doctor.  We have done a deep cleaning of the Church with a chemical we use weekly that destroys the virus within 30 seconds of contact. These efforts along with maintaining our safety protocols make it possible for us to continue the work we do, and to have Mass.  

Please take this event as a reminder to stay alert and compliant with all of our safety protocols in place, wear your mask, clean your hands often and use hand sanitizer, maintain social distancing, stay home if you are feeling ill, and monitor your own health daily.

Continue to sign up for Masses at the parish website.  As long as we are in the red zone we will continue to check you in for Mass and take your temperature.  Thank you for your patient cooperation with these extra steps to insure everyone's safety while we live in a region experiencing rapid spread of the virus. 

Respecting privacy the name of the person who tested positive is not being shared.  The protocols for responding to the virus are universal and do not change based on who the person was.  Monitor your health, and call your doctor if you notice any symptoms.

Here is a copy of the letter that was sent out.  To be clear, the person infected was present at all three of the Masses. Thank you again for your cooperation!

A Message from Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish:

Hi, I hope you are well.  I am writing to notify you that I have been informed that someone who was present at ALL OF THE MASSES later tested positive for the coronavirus.  This person is not sick or showing any symptoms, but did test positive.  The person who tested positive was wearing their mask and maintained social distancing while with us at Mass.

The advice given to us by the Archdiocese is that we should notify everyone who attended the Mass so that they can monitor their own health and if they show any symptoms be in touch with their doctor. 

Following the protocol established by the Archdiocese I have also notified the City of Methuen Board of Health and am waiting for a call back from the City's Public Health Nurse.  I will respond to whatever advice I receive from the health department and notify you as needed. 

  For your information, the Church is sanitized after every Mass with all surfaces being sprayed and wiped down.  Additionally the Church is sprayed thoroughly as part of our deep cleaning every week.  I have continued to offer Daily Mass via live stream only as a way to keep exposure to groups at a minimum.  I will continue to offer Mass via live stream only on weekdays and holy days.  Sunday Masses will continue to be held both open to the public and via live stream for as long as it is deemed safe to do so.  Remember that the obligation to attend Mass is still suspended, so you can feel comfortable viewing the Mass on live stream or on TV during these difficult days.  

Obviously we need to continue to carefully follow all the guidelines for mask wearing, personal care, and social distancing.  Those at risk should continue to avoid crowds.  And we all need to continue to pray that this difficulty.

If you have any questions or concerns please be in touch.  Know that you are in my prayers!  I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving.

Yours in Christ, Fr. Chris Casey

 

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