‘Many people’ may have been exposed to COVID-19 at church in New York, officials warn


Westchester County authorities are warning that a priest and staff member at a local church who tested positive for COVID-19 may have exposed “many people” to the virus during four days of services.

The Westchester County Department of Health alert identifies Holy Innocents Catholic Church on Bedford Road in Pleasantville as a potential exposure site.

Anyone who has attended the following services should be quarantined, as required by the New York State Department of Health, for 14 days from the date of their last visit to church, whether they has had a negative COVID-19 test or not:

  • August 24 – Morning Mass
  • August 25 – Morning Mass
  • August 29 – First Communion Ceremonies
  • August 30 – All Masses except 9 a.m.

Contacts of contacts, that is, secondary exposed people, are currently not at risk and should not be quarantined, health officials said.

Westchester County says it is working closely with the Church, the Archdiocese of New York, the Pleasantville School District and the Village on the investigation.


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