Masses canceled after COVID exposure

The Rev. Michael LaMarca was in contact late Monday with a person who has COVID-19. He’s showing no symptoms but is self-isolating as a precaution.

WARSAW — In-person Masses and services have been canceled this weekend at St. Michael’s Church after its pastor entered a precautionary COVID-19 quarantine.

Fr. Michael LaMarca was informed Wednesday that he came into contact with a person who tested positive for coronavirus, according to The Parish Community of St. Michal Facebook page.

The exposure occurred late Monday and involved a person from outside the parish. LaMarca will remain under quarantine until Sept. 21 at the earliest.

“Since Fr. Michael is not showing any symptoms at this time and the person he was in contact with had no symptoms at the time of contact, the parishioners of St. Michael’s should simply continue to monitor themselves and continue to exercise good social practices and follow the guidelines of washing hands, wearing face coverings and maintaining a physical distance of six feet from others,” parish representatives said in a Facebook post. “We continue to pray for all those impacted by COVID-19.”

LaMarca will celebrate Mass online at 9:30 a.m. Sunday on the church’s Facebook page. Daily Mass will be celebrated in private.

Although the church remained closed as of Friday, the church office remained open for regular business.

LaMarca said in a video message posted Friday morning that he’s feeling good and will be tested for the virus on Monday. He’s received much support on Facebook from parishioners and others and thanked them for their support.

“I’m feeling well,” he said in the message. “No fever, no symptoms. Others that I was with during the exposure ... as of the recording of this video are doing well also.”

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