Bishop Kevin Vann, who leads the Diocese of Orange, tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday, Dec. 16, a statement issued by the diocese said.
Vann, 69, began his quarantine process before receiving his test results and will continue to work remotely from home, Tracey Kincaid, spokeswoman for the diocese, said.
“He has a cold, but no fever,” she said. “He remains in contact with his health care providers as needed. We anticipate a speedy recovery.”
Initial contact tracing indicated Vann may have contracted the virus from a member of his support team, Kincaid said. All who were in close contact with Vann have been notified, she said.
Vann has canceled all in-person events and appearances and will not resume his normal activities until he is cleared by his doctor, the diocese said.
All parishes in the diocese continue to meet outdoors and stream services. The statement also said Vann “would like to remind the public to take any and all steps necessary to protect themselves and their families.”
“Bishop Vann as well as (auxiliary bishops) Thanh Thai Nguyen and Timothy Freyer, would also like to remind Catholics that they and other bishops from the California Catholic Conference find the currently available vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna to be morally acceptable as publicly stated by the California Catholic Conference of Bishops along with Catholic health care systems and Catholic Charities,” the statement said.
Source: Orange County Register