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NYC subway track worker, better known as Yonkers pastor, dies of coronavirus

Added 03-30-20 12:13:02am EST - “Scott Elijah, pastor of the Bethany African Methodist Episcopal Church in Yonkers, was a 15-year veteran of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “NYC subway track worker, better known as Yonkers pastor, dies of coronavirus”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A pastor who earned his living as a New York City subway track worker died from coronavirus, officials said Sunday.

Scott Elijah, pastor of the Bethany African Methodist Episcopal Church in Yonkers, was a 15-year veteran of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He was on a subway emergency response team based out of the Parsons-Archer train terminal in Jamaica, Queens.

In a Facebook post from March 24, Elijah wrote he had received a test for COVID-19 at a local health clinic, and encouraged his friends who felt ill to do the same.

“While coronavirus testing is almost impossible to get, if you’re in NY, CityMD urgent care is testing,” he wrote in the post. “I repeat CityMD urgent care is testing. I walked in and was tested in 5 minutes, no appointment needed.”

Elijah is the third MTA employee who has died from coroanvirus. Peter Petrassi, a longtime subway conductor, and Oliver Cyrus, a veteran bus operator, both succumbed to the disease Thursday.

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