From the Charleston Gazette:
The pastor of a Catholic church who urged people not to “cower in fear” of the novel coronavirus has contracted the disease that it causes, prompting District of Columbia health officials to tell about 250 staff members and parishioners to self-quarantine for two weeks.
Msgr. Charles Pope, of Holy Comforter St. Cyprian Catholic Church, was hospitalized Monday while experiencing a high fever. He tested positive for the coronavirus after a rapid diagnostic test that afternoon. On Friday, the D.C. Health Department issued a letter saying that “additional individuals have been identified as having been exposed to the virus.” Parishioners who last weekend participated in Communion at the church — the Catholic ritual of sharing wafers and wine or juice — were told to stay at home for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms.