FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2020
Ten Coronavirus Cases Confirmed at
Diocese of Brooklyn Church Communities
The Diocese of Brooklyn today is announcing it has learned of ten confirmed cases of the Coronavirus within several parish communities in the Diocese.
At Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Queens Village, Queens there are four confirmed cases. One individual last attended Mass on Sunday, March 1, 2020. The other three individuals are from the same family. They last attended Mass on Sunday, February 23, 2020. One of them also attended a bible study group on Monday, February 24, 2020, in the Bethsaida Spirituality Center.
There is one confirmed case of Coronavirus at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Fresh Meadows, Queens. The individual was last at the parish on March 4, 2020, at a soup supper in the Holy Family Catholic Academy school hall.
There are two confirmed cases at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church in Jamaica, Queens. One individual was last at the 11 am Mass on Sunday, March 8, 2020. The other individual has not been at the Church for the last few weeks.
One case of Coronavirus has been reported at St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church in Jackson Heights, Queens. The individual was last at the Church on Wednesday, March 5, 2020, for a funeral.
We have one reported case of a parent at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy in Rockaway Beach, Queens. The parent visited the school for a short time to speak to the principal on March 11, 2020, but there was very limited exposure to the rest of the academy.
There is one confirmed case at Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. The individual came from another parish to a meeting of a faith-based group that was held in the convent hall on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
As a result of this information, all of the locations mentioned above have undergone or are undergoing a deep cleaning and sanitization, with approved disinfectants, following guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Anyone who was at the above locations during the noted dates and/or times and is concerned about exposure, contact your doctor. If you experience symptoms like fever, cough, or shortness of breath, contact your doctor immediately.
The Diocese of Brooklyn canceled all Masses, as of Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice.
At all times, but especially now, the safety and well-being of our faith community is our primary concern. The Diocese of Brooklyn will continue to deliver important information in a timely manner.