HOMEBOUND PARISHIONERS WHO NEED LAST RITES ARE INSTRUCTED TO CALL THE EMERGENCY LINE 203-268-0489.
AS OUTLINED BY THE DIOCESAN GUIDELINES IF A PERSON IS DIAGNOSED WITH THE CORONAVIRUS OR IF THERE IS REASON TO BELIEVE THAT A PERSON COULD HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO IT, PRIESTS SHOULD NOT PUT THEMSELVES AT RISK OF CATCHING THE VIRUS BY ADMINISTERING THE SACRAMENT WITHOUT THE PROPER PROTECTIVE GEAR.
THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CORONAVIRUS AND WHO ARE IN HOSPITALS OR NURSING HOMES SHOULD ONLY BE ANOINTED BY THE TRAINED PRIEST CHAPLAINS OF EACH INSTITUTION, AND ONLY IF THEY ARE PERMITTED TO DO SO BY THE ADMINISTRATION AND HEALTH CARE PROESSIONALS AT EACH HOSPITAL OR NURSING HOME;
For the time being, in accord with canon 1000 §2 of the Code of Canon Law, whenever priests are ministering to the sick, including providing the Anointing of the Sick, they should use latex gloves or, in the absence of gloves, cotton swabs.,
Older or vulnerable priests should refrain from providing the Sacrament or visiting the sick or homebound until the crisis is clearly over.
The diocese will continue to work with the chaplains of hospitals and nursing homes to develop more detailed protocols should they be necessary.