Catholic churches in Misamis Oriental shut down as priests get Covid-19

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Roman Catholic churches in Misamis Oriental were padlocked starting on Wednesday until May 10, Msgr. Rey Monsanto has announced..

Monsanto, an official of the Roman Catholic Archdioceses here, said that the churches would undergo disinfection after the assigned priests were found positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

He said the priests have been hospitalized, along with some convent staff and employees who were also infected.

The following Roman Catholic churches were located in the municipal towns of Laguindingan, Alubijid, Tagoloan and Jasaan — all in Misamis Oriental.

In Cagayan de Oro City, the churches in the villages (barangay) of Carmen and Gusa and the Nazareno Church in the city’s downtown district were also temporarily closed.

Monsanto said that the churches would reopen on May 10 after undergoing massive disinfection and when the affected personnel, including the priests, recover.

Covid-19 cases in Northern Mindanao since January 2020 until April 27, 2021 totaled 15,201 where 14,077 have recovered and 319 have died.