Official: Bridgeport bishop gets negative COVID-19 result after initial positive

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After testing positive for COVID-19 last week, Bridgeport Diocese Bishop Frank J. Caggiano had a follow-up test taken a couple days later come back negative, according to a spokesperson.

The Diocese had shared in a Dec. 30 statement that the bishop tested positive for COVID-19 Dec. 28, but was asymptomatic. He was tested againDec. 30 — a PCR one, as well as a test for antibodies, the statement said.

A spokesperson said in a statement Saturday that the PCR test returned negative results and the antibody test did not indicate the presence of antibodies.

“The Bishop will retake the test on Monday and hope to get a second negative result. Those results should be in on Wednesday,” director of communications Brian Wallace wrote in an email. “If the second test is negative, the bishop plans to return to public ministry next weekend. While he awaits results, he will continue to follow CDC guidelines by quarantining for ten days after the initial positive test.”

“The bishop is committed to protecting others and setting an example about the importance of testing and quarantining,” Wallace also wrote. “He feels good, has no symptoms, has been working from home, and is very grateful for the prayers and well wishes he has received from many people.”