The archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, said on the weekend that he has been infected with COVID-19.
Announcing that he has tested positive for the infectious disease on the Archdiocese’ website, Cardinal Gregory stated that he is currently not suffering from fever or experiencing other symptoms.
But the archbishop said he will avoid attending public events for the time being as per his doctor’s advice. He noted that he is fully vaccinated and received his booster shot, as well.
“As the omicron variant of Covid sweeps through our area, I ask that you please continue to be extremely cautious: using appropriate face masks, getting vaccinated and boosted, and following the guidance of our public health officials,” he said. “We have learned in these past 21 months that we do better in this pandemic when we work together to care for one another.”
I've tested for Covid-19. I feel fine, no pains, fever, or other symptoms. I'm sorry to miss being present this weekend at our Cathedral & with the Haitian community. I'll follow my doctor's advice & not be in public. I'll miss my annual retreat. I ask for your prayers. +WDG
— Wilton Cardinal Gregory (@WashArchbishop) December 31, 2021
In October 2020, Pope Francis named the Washington Archbishop a cardinal, making him one of thirteen new cardinals from around the world, and the first African American prelate to hold the position.
He was elevated to the College of Cardinals at a consistory at the Vatican on November 28, 2020.