OC Bishop Vann Tests Positive for COVID-19

GARDEN GROVE (CNS) - Diocese of Orange Bishop Kevin W. Vann has been infected with the coronavirus, but has mild symptoms, a spokeswoman for the diocese confirmed today.

Contact tracing indicated that Vann was infected by a “member of his support team,'' his office said. Everyone who came in contact with Vann has been notified.

Vann was in quarantine before he received his diagnosis, according to diocese spokeswoman Tracey Kincaid. He will continue to work from home, she added.

“Bishop Vann would like to remind the public to take any and all steps necessary to protect themselves and their families,'' Kincaid said in a statement from the diocese.

“The clergy of the diocese will also continue to exercise precautions and follow the Orange County Health Care Agency guidelines.''

Vann has canceled all of his in-person events and appearances and will not do any public events again until cleared to do so by his doctor, Kincaid said.

Vann also asked the public to pray for health care providers and others infected with the virus.

Vann also emphasized again that he as well as other bishops from the California Catholic Conference have concluded that the Pfizer and  Moderna vaccines are “morally acceptable'' and that the public should get shots when they are available.

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