March 13, 2020 By Allie Griffin
A Forest Hills Catholic school was closed Thursday and Friday after a suspected case of novel coronavirus in the school community was reported.
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Academy, located at 72-55 Austin St., shut it doors for cleaning both days “out of an abundance of caution.”
The individual suspected of contracting COVID-19 hasn’t been in the school in two weeks.
“Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Academy was advised of a suspected Coronavirus case in the school community and was closed Thursday and Friday of this week, for cleaning, out of an abundance of caution,” a spokesperson for the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn said. “The individual has not been in the school in two weeks and is recovering.”
All Catholic schools in Queens and Brooklyn will be closed next week over fears of coronavirus spread, the Brooklyn Diocese (which covers both boroughs) announced today.
The Archdiocese of New York — which resides over Catholic schools in Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island and upstate New York — announced yesterday that its schools would close next week as well.
Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio has said public schools will continue to remain open.
Yesterday, he declared a state of emergency in the city as the number of coronavirus cases hit 95 — with 17 positive in Queens — but remained strong on the position to keep public schools running.
“We are going to fight tooth and nail to protect our school system,” he said at a Thursday evening press conference.