Church closed as Kettering priest tests positive for Covid-19

The priest has gone into isolation
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A Kettering-based priest has had to go into isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 and his church has closed.

Father Gregory Marchwinski, who is the priest at St Edward's Catholic Church in London Road, Kettering, also serves Burton Latimer, Desborough and Rothwell.

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The 38-year-old issued a statement yesterday Sunday, September 6, to warn members of the congregation.

He wrote: "Following a short period of feeling unwell, I have been tested positive for coronavirus.

"I have therefore had to cancel all masses and close the church until at least Tuesday, September 15, as the NHS have advised that both myself and Fr. Nicholas must isolate.

"The Presbytery is also closed to callers at the door.

"Anyone who attended masses or otherwise came inside either the church or presbytery from Friday 28th August onwards is advised to be alert for symptoms.

St Edward's Roman Catholic Church, KetteringSt Edward's Roman Catholic Church, Kettering
St Edward's Roman Catholic Church, Kettering
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"Our stewards and cleaners have sanitised the church regularly, but you may wish to get a swab test just in case."

The boroughs of Kettering and Corby have been added to the government’s COVID-19 watch list as ‘areas of concern’ due to a recent increase in coronavirus cases.

Residents of these boroughs are being urged to take action to keep the virus under control. Even if you only have mild symptoms, get a test.

You can book your test online using the link – or call 119.

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The testing station is in London Road Car Park in Kettering from 8am to 8pm.

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