Coronavirus Advisory

Health Advisory

June 2, 2020

A person participating in Saturday’s diaconate ordination at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist and seated with the ordained permanent deacons has tested positive for COVID-19.

Everyone who was present at the ordination has been notified. Those who think they possibly could be infected have quarantined themselves and are scheduled to be tested this week.

Significant precautions were taken before, during and after the ceremony to mitigate the risk to anyone in attendance. This person is not believed to have come in direct contact with anyone during the rite. Those who were in close contact* with the individual in the days prior to Saturday have already been contacted by the Health Department and are scheduled for tests.

The Diocese has been working closely with the head epidemiologist at the Coastal District office of the Georgia Department of Public Health, and we thank him for his guidance.

As a reminder, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended through Sunday, June 28, 2020. If parishioners are in the higher risk category due to current illness, age or suffering a chronic health condition or compromised immune system, they are also asked to remain at home. Please be aware of the risk to yourself and others should you choose to come to Mass.

We ask everyone to take whatever precautions they deem necessary to feel safe during the crisis.

*The Georgia Department of Public Health has issued these criteria about exposure to this virus:

How may I have been exposed?
You generally need to be in close contact with a sick person to get infected. Close contact includes:
  • Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19;
  • Caring for a sick person with COVID-19;
  • Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for about 15 minutes; OR,
  • Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.).