Fargo Bishop Folda tests positive for coronavirus

Fargo Bishop Folda tests positive for coronavirus

Pope Francis greets Bishop John T. Folda of Fargo, N.D., during a meeting with U.S. bishops from North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican Jan. 13, 2020. (Credit: CNS photo/Vatican Media.)

The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo has tested positive for COVID-19.

FARGO, North Dakota — The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo has tested positive for COVID-19.

KFGO radio reports Bishop John Folda had been showing symptoms associated with the coronavirus since early las week and had himself tested while self-quarantining at his home in Fargo.

The diocese says Folda is recovering and is following all recommendations from medical professionals. He will continue to self-quarantine until he is cleared to return to his public pastoral duties.

The diocese serves more than 130 parishes and 72,000 parishioners in eastern North Dakota.

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