Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the chief of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, was in quarantine on Friday after he interacted final week with an individual who later examined constructive for the coronavirus, in keeping with a spokesman.

In a press release, the archdiocese stated the cardinal “has not examined constructive, feels nice, and has no signs.” Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the archdiocese, stated the cardinal is examined recurrently, had examined destructive for the reason that interplay, and can be examined once more “in a number of days.” He didn’t specify what sort of exams had been used nor the timing of when he cardinal was examined after the interplay.

Checks taken too quickly after publicity might return false destructive outcomes, as a result of the virus has not but had time to construct as much as detectable ranges. Persons are thought to hold the most important amount of virus across the time their signs seem, in the event that they expertise signs in any respect.

The cardinal’s quarantine had not beforehand been introduced by the archdiocese. Mr. Zwilling stated the cardinal had been in quarantine since Wednesday however that no announcement had been made as a result of the contaminated particular person had not obtained the outcomes of their coronavirus check till Thursday.

“He didn’t have any public occasions, and all of his conferences had been through Zoom, and so on.,” Mr. Zwilling stated in an e mail, referring to the cardinal. “We’re saying at this time as a result of the publicity was confirmed, and the primary public occasions — Mass tomorrow night and Sunday morning — had been developing, and he’ll clearly not be current for these occasions.”

The cardinal will “proceed to comply with well being and security protocols as instructed by medical professionals, as will others on his workers who additionally had shut contact with this particular person,” the assertion stated.

Cardinal Dolan is without doubt one of the most influential figures in American Catholicism, and the Archdiocese of New York is the second-most populous in america, with greater than 2.8 adherents residing in a territory that stretches from Staten Island into the Hudson Valley.

He had celebrated Mass final Sunday at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and interacted with different clergymen and parish personnel, all sporting masks, at the moment, in keeping with online video of the service.