Quarantined, symptomatic — and counting blessings in Center Moriches

Rosanne and Christopher Yackel of Center Moriches pose at their house during their quarantine. Credit: Christopher Yackel

A Center Moriches man who tested positive for coronavirus said quarantine with his family has made him feel grateful for what he has in his life.

Christopher Yackel, who has been quarantined since March 9 with his wife, Rosanne, a cousin and the cousin’s son, said modern amenities like running water, Netflix and food delivery have kept him from “going too stir-crazy.”

Yackel said he is “blessed” to have friends, family and neighbors who have gone out of their way to help his family survive at least two weeks of quarantine.

A next-door neighbor dropped off bagels and coffee. Another neighbor made a care package of Legos, art sets and M&Ms for the 8-year-old quarantined with them. A longtime friend picked up groceries for them, even when the supermarket shelves were practically empty.

“Our community really comes together with stuff like this,” Yackel, 47, said.

Those friends said their efforts speak to how community-oriented Center Moriches is. And that people overall are “good to their core.”“People want to do whatever they can to help people in need,” said Marie Calise, 53, of Manorville, who dropped off groceries. She said the Yackels would do the same thing for others.Christopher Yackel, who works in medical sales, said he began feeling ill after coming home from the Empire Medical Training Show at the Westin Times Square earlier this month. Another attendee later tested positive for the virus, according to news reports.Yackel […]

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