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Newly elected co-moderator Ruth Santana-Grace tests positive for COVID

Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson writes a letter to commissioners and staff, who are meeting in person and online at GA225.

Kerry Rice, in the Rules of Discipline Committee, announcing that Ruth Santana-Grace has COVID and reading a statement from the stated clerk.

Louisville, Kentucky — Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Deputy Stated Clerk Kerry Rice announced the positive COVID-19 diagnosis of Ruth Santana-Grace, one of the newly elected co-moderators of the denomination’s 225th General Assembly meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. Santana-Grace was in Louisville for the moderator election over the weekend but has returned home, planning a return to Louisville for the final plenaries of the hybrid event.

Ruth Santana-Grace (left) and Shavon Starling-Louis (right) smile after being elected the co-moderators of the 225th General Assembly.

Rice delivered the following statement from the J. Herbert Nelson II, stated clerk of the PC(USA), to committees meeting in Louisville this afternoon:

We have received word today that Rev. Ruth Santana-Grace, our newly elected Co-Moderator of the 225th General Assembly, has tested positive for COVID-19. Let me also emphasize that she is feeling fine and wants everyone to know that. We continue to pray for her and her family in these anxious days and that God will hold her in God’s care and keep her safe and healthy.

At this time, we do not believe it is necessary to change our current course of action as it relates to our ongoing committee meetings here at the Center. We also believe that Ruth’s interactions with so many during and after her election, make contact tracing impossible.

We wanted to alert everyone so that you can determine whether you had close contact with Ruth in recent days for an extended period of time, and whether you were masked during those interactions.

We believe the best course of action is to monitor your own health and if you believe you might be exhibiting new symptoms, such as cough, fever, body aches, sore throat, headache, chills, please visit the Covid Health Clinic onsite in Room 1601, where you can be tested.

We also want to assure you that this facility is thoroughly cleaned each night and we are confident in all steps being taken to keep you as safe as possible. We continue to urge everyone attending the General Assembly to wear masks at all times when interacting with the public, including the times you are away from Presbyterian Center.

It is my belief that God is in control even during these uncertain and frustrating times and we will continue on with this assembly as God has laid on our hearts to do. Let us take this time to re-commit ourselves to the task ahead.

God Bless each and every one of you.
Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

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