Catholic schools report eight new cases of student COVID-19

Chancery Office (PNC file photo)

Four Catholic schools are working with the Archdiocese of Agaña’s Liaison on COVID-19 and the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) after eight students tested positive for the virus within the period of Oct. 13 to Oct 18.

Five of the students came from St. Anthony Catholic School and tested positive from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18. Notre Dame High School, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School, and Dominican Catholic School each have one positive case.

In accordance with the St. Anthony COVID-19 Mitigation Manual and under advisement from DPHSS, those deemed as close contacts have been notified. Those deemed close contacts will continue their schoolwork via remote learning. St. Anthony has initiated its COVID-19 protocols which include sanitizing and deep cleaning. The school has notified parents of the affected students.

Administrators of Notre Dame, Baumgartner, and Dominican Catholic School have also notified the parents of the affected students as well as those identified as close contacts.

Other Catholic students have tested positive but contracted the virus while on remote learning, and away from the school.

Our Catholic schools have taken all measures to ensure the safety of their students and adults. The Archdiocese encourages students, faculty, staff, and family members to be cautious of contact and exposure in the community that may lead to COVID-19 infections.

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