Texas Catholic Church Closes After Leaders Get COVID-19


A Catholic church in Houston has closed its doors after five of its leaders tested positive for COVID-19, including two priests who had helped celebrate public masses.

The closure and positive tests come after a priest from Holy Ghost parish, 79-year-old Donnell Kirchner, died last week. He was diagnosed with pneumonia, but health officials are determining whether he might have contracted the virus before he died May 13.

The members of Kirchner's religious order are asymptomatic but are being quarantined.

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The diocese encouraged anyone who attended masses at Holy Ghost to get tested as a precaution.

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