San Vicente Church reports 2nd positive case; temporarily closed as contact tracing begins

San Vicente Catholic Church in Barrigada (Facebook photo)

The Archdiocese of Agaña announces that a second parishioner of San Vicente Catholic Church in Barrigada has tested positive for COVID-19. The parishioner tested positive today and informed Pastor Father Joel de los Reyes this afternoon. The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) has been notified.

San Vicente has immediately initiated archdiocese protocols to safeguard everyone in the community. With apologies, Father Joel announces the need to cancel All Souls Day Masses on Monday, Nov. 2. The church will be closed today, Sunday, Nov. 1 through Wednesday, Nov. 4 for extensive deep cleaning and sanitization.

The parish will work with Public Health on contact tracing and is also being assisted by members of the new Archdiocese Contact Tracing Team.

San Vicente had previously shut down for two days and implemented its COVID-19 protocols after an initial parishioner reported on Oct. 9 that they had tested positive. That person successfully quarantined for 14 days and was cleared by Public Health.

Initial contact tracing indicates this second person contracted the virus elsewhere and not necessarily at the church. However, safety protocols are being implemented because the parishioner attended 10 a.m. Mass today.

San Vicente Catholic Church will reopen Thursday for its regular evening Mass. We ask for everyone’s prayers for the parishioner and all who have contracted the virus on Guam and worldwide. Thank you to Public Health workers and all medical personnel that are working to keep our island safe during this pandemic. Archbishop Michael Byrnes and Father Joel extend gratitude and prayers to all.

(Archdiocese of Agaña News Release)