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Seven confirmed cases of coronavirus at Saint Mary’s convent

| Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Four nuns of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and three employees at the Saint Mary’s Convent have tested positive for the coronavirus this month, the congregation said Tuesday.

The congregation informed sisters and employees of the first confirmed case April 6, spokeswoman for the Sisters of the Holy Cross Amy Smessaert said.

The St. Joseph County Health Department began testing all 140 nuns who live in the convent Tuesday, per the request of the congregation.

“Some nuns who live in the convent work full-time, while others are retired or require assisted-living care,”  Smessaert said.

The nuns who tested positive live at the convent’s motherhouse — a complex that includes residences, administrative offices, chapels and activity and dining areas.

Smessaert said the congregation is arranging for the more than 200 employees who work in the convent to be tested by outside health care providers.

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