Suspected Coronavirus Case: Queens Church and a Catholic Academy Closed for Cleaning

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By Tim Harfmann

An individual with ties to both Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Academy in Forest Hills and American Martyrs Church in Bayside has a suspected case of coronavirus.

“Keyword here is ‘suspected.’ We have not received any confirmation from the New York City Department of Health or the New York State Department of Health,” said Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn.

In a letter from the academy’s principal, the individual is “recovering and doing well” and has not been at the school in two weeks. 

“The incubation period had come and gone. And there are no, at this point, any repercussions or any children, faculty or staff that have any symptoms,” said Chadzutko.

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs is closed today and tomorrow for cleaning. 

Meanwhile, American Martyrs Church is acting to ensure safety.

Father Frank Schwarz said the same individual was last seen at the Bayside parish Saturday. 

“We have canceled all activities, except for the weekend Masses, here in this building. And we’re going to do a thorough cleaning,” he explained. 


Click here to read the letter to parents of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Academy:













Click here to read the letter to parishioners of American Martyrs Roman Catholic Church:













Click here to read the statement from Diocese of Brooklyn regarding potential school closures: