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Portage parishioner positive for virus

Person attended Mass Oct. 18, volunteered at church function

An individual who attended Mass and volunteered recently at a Cambria County parish has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

The person attended Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 18 at Holy Family Parish in Portage, according to a news release from Tony DeGol, director of communications for the diocese.

The individual also volunteered with the parish’s basket drawing in the parish hall on Oct. 17, 18, 19 and 22.

Both the Holy Family church and parish hall have undergone additional cleaning and sanitizing.

In continued alignment with public health guidelines, Bishop Mark L. Bartchak directed all clergy and parishioners to wear masks and practice physical distancing at all Masses and other parish activities.

Bartchak also reminded the faithful that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass has been waived.

Vulnerable individuals and others who cannot attend Mass are invited to watch Sunday Mass from St. John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown, which is broadcast live every Sunday at 11 a.m. on WATM ABC 23 and rebroadcast every Sunday at 9 p.m. on Atlantic Broadband channel 9.

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