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DIOCESE: Ville Platte priest tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 11:22 AM, Jul 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-05 12:26:36-04

The Diocese of Lafayette has issued a statement about another priest testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

"The Diocese of Lafayette has been notified that Rev. Andrew Killeen, the newly appointed associate pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Ville Platte, has tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing symptoms earlier this week," a release states.

As soon as he got sick, Killeen took steps, the release states.

"At the onset of symptoms, Fr. Killeen began self-quarantining and will remain in quarantine until he receives medical clearance," the release states.

Before he was arrived in Ville Platte several days ago, Killeen was assiting at St. Pius X Church in Lafayette, the release states.

"Sacred Heart pastor Rev. Tom Voorhies is also self-quarantining out of an abundance of caution until he is able to receive a negative test result," the release states. "Sacred Heart parishioners are being notified, in keeping with the guidelines presented by the CDC for community exposure."

The Diocese announced that a Broussard priest tested positive a few days ago. Here's that story.

The diocese urges anyone who has symptoms to seek medical attention. Here's some information about symptoms.

Here's some information from the CDC about exposure and what to do.

Because people tend to be most contagious during the 42 hours before they exhibit symptoms - if they exhibit symptoms at all - infectious disease experts recommend that everyone wear masks when around people they don't live with, keep physical and social distance of at least six feet, avoid large gatherings or crowded stores/buildings, don't touch your face, and wash your hands frequently and well.