Catholic Diocese of Richmond releases Bishop Knestout's virus test results

Posted at 1:47 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 13:47:09-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Bishop Barry Knestout has tested negative for the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Catholic Diocese of Richmond announced Monday. Bishop Knestout had been in self-isolation since Saturday, March 14, after experiencing cold-like symptoms.

“I want to thank the healthcare professionals and our first responders for their courage and sacrifice as they place themselves in harm’s way to care for our communities throughout our diocese,” said Bishop Knestout. “I am also very grateful to all of you who have kept me in your prayers or who have sent me well wishes and notes of encouragement. I ask for your continued prayers for those who have died from this virus and for those who remain in self-isolation because of it. Please join me in prayer during this difficult time as we ask for God’s grace and Our Lady’s intercession for our nation and our diocese.”

Bishop Knestout decided to get tested due to his "substantial travel schedule" prior to feeling ill.

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond previously announced the suspension of all public Masses.