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Six Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Tied to East Elmhurst Church

St Gabriel East Elmhurst

March 18, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Six cases of coronavirus are tied to a Catholic church in East Elmhurst, the Diocese of Brooklyn announced.

Six congregants at St. Gabriel’s Church, located at 26-26 98th St., have tested positive for COVID-19 and participated at three recent church community group meetings.

The cases emanate from meetings on Tuesday, March 3; Saturday, March 7 and Tuesday, March 10, according to the diocese.

Anyone who was present at St. Gabriel’s on those days should contact their doctor if they exhibit any Coronavirus symptoms, like fever or cough.

As a result of the positive cases, the church is undergoing a deep cleaning and sanitization, following the guidelines issued by the CDC.

The Diocese of Brooklyn canceled all mass ceremonies on Monday, until further notice. However, churches remain open for private prayer.

A Eucharistic minister who distributed the Holy Communion at a Catholic church in Woodside has also tested positive for COVID-19, the diocese said.

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New Yorkers need to know how many cases of the virus are in their neighborhood. City hall is not releasing this information, and neither are you. What Woodside church are you referring to?


The almighty lord have mercy and heal these people who have been affected by COVID-19 and bring peace and strength to their families! in the name of Jesus Christ!! Amen!!

Mary Connor

Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Brooklyn, was encouraging parishioners to go to church last Sunday despite that Cardinal Dolan had closed churches. He stated in Facebook that the Brooklyn diocese was separate from the Archdiocese. Very irresponsible of Msgr. Gigatiello.


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