Health Protocols Update

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Dear San Roque Community,

San Roque Parish Staff has been working diligently to safeguard the well-being of our faith community at a time when COVID-19 is threatening public health. I wanted to inform you that a volunteer usher at the 9:30 am Mass on July 18, has tested positive for COVID-19. The infected person was last on the property on July 18, and was a fully vaccinated volunteer.

We currently have no confirmation of a risk of infection at our location, but we are taking precautionary measures as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the wellbeing of our entire staff and parish community. The Health Department Guidelines state that you could be exposed if you were within six feet of an infected person for fifteen minutes or longer or for shorter periods of time adding up to 15 minutes over the course of 24 hours. Please monitor your health and consult with a doctor if you have concerns.

Starting immediately, we will REQUIRE all those attending Sunday and weekday Mass indoors to wear a face mask. If you prefer not to wear a mask, we will have a speaker outside in the Gathering Area for you to listen to the Mass. Holy Communion will be brought outside to you.

We understand that this matter was reported in accordance with law to the Department of Public Health. We have been in communication with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, who has maintained regular communications with the Department to ensure that we are taking all the appropriate steps to address this situation.

The following are some helpful resources from the Santa Barbara County Department of Health regarding COVID-19:

What if I am exposed?

FAQs -

COVID preparedness for faith based

If you feel any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you are concerned about whether you have been exposed, please contact your doctor for further instructions. Please let us know if any of you become sick.

Let’s pray for one another and for an end to this pandemic,

Noël Fuentes (for Fr. Bruce Correio)
Pastoral Associate
San Roque Church

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