We have been informed that an individual who attended the 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday, December 20, 2020 and another who attended the 2:00 pm Mass on Thursday, December 24, 2020 have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). These individuals have sought and received appropriate medical care, and all close contacts are being identified and monitored in accordance with New York State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. Although the likelihood of you having been exposed to COVID-19 at this Mass at St. Mary’s, Crescent is low, this letter is being sent to inform you about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
We understand that this news can be unsettling and cause for concern. Please remember that the best plan for addressing the COVID-19 virus is to remain informed and follow the simple steps to help contain the spread of the virus:
- Keep a 6 foot distance between you and others when out in the community — even if you don’t feel sick or have any symptoms
- Wear a snug-fitting surgical or cloth face mask that covers you nose and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Call your health care provider in advance of a visit
- Limit visitors to your home
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combination of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Click for a COVID-19 fact sheet for your information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact your healthcare provider, the Saratoga County Department of Health at (518) 885-2276, or the NYSDOH COVID-19 Hotline at 888-364-3065.
Please be safe and be well this holiday season and into the New Year.
Rev. Joseph Cebula, Pastor
Stephanie Nolet, Pastoral Associate for Administration