10 cases of COVID reported by Catholic schools

Chancery Office (PNC file photo)

Catholic schools have reported 10 new positive cases of COVID-19 for the period of Oct. 22 to 4:30 p.m. today, Oct. 29, 2021. Nine are students. One is an employee.

Saint Francis reported that three students have tested positive for the virus. Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School and Santa Barbara Catholic School each have two positive students while Academy of Our Lady of Guam and Dominican Child Development Center each have one. The employee is from Mercy Heights Catholic Nursery and Kindergarten.

Please note that a positive case reported from a school does not necessarily mean that the individual contracted the virus at the campus.

School administrators have informed the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) and the Archdiocese of Agaña Liaison for COVID-19. They are working with DPHSS on contact tracing and have communicated with parents and their school communities. Individuals who are deemed close contacts are identified and the schools are helping to coordinate testing for the affected individuals.

School administrators assure parents that they are following all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of their students and adults.

Archbishop Michael Byrnes, Superintendent of Catholic Education Father Val Rodriguez and all Catholic school administrators ask everyone to pray for the affected individuals and their families and all who have contracted the virus.