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Johnstown parishioner tests positive for coronavirus

Person who attended Mass diagnosed with COVID-19

An individual who attended Mass at a Johnstown parish in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has tested positive for COVID-19.

The person attended the Mass at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Johnstown at 4 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release from Tony DeGol, director of communications for the diocese.

Weekend Masses at Saint Francis of Assisi have been celebrated in the parish activity center since public liturgies resumed in mid-June.

The parish remains open to the faithful, and weekday Masses are continuing to be celebrated in the church.

The parish is engaging in a deep cleaning of the activity center.

In continued alignment with public health guidelines, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown requires all clergy and parishioners to wear masks at all Masses and to practice physical distancing.

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak has asked that people join him in praying for the individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

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