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Dec. 14: Five new COVID cases confirmed today

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on December 14, 2020

The Bethlehem Central School District learned today, Monday, Dec. 14, that five individuals in the school district community have tested positive for COVID-19: one at Eagle, one at the middle school and three at the high school. A summary of these cases can be found below.

Eagle Elementary School: 

  • A student at Eagle has tested positive. There was possible exposure at school related to this case. The dates of exposure were on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Thursday, Dec. 10. As a result, a classroom will be subject to quarantine. Several students who ride the school bus have also been identified as contacts. The district is working with the Albany County Health Department on contact tracing. All identified contacts have been notified by the school about the need to quarantine and there will be follow-up by the health department. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

Bethlehem Central Middle School:

  • A student at the middle school has tested positive. There was possible exposure at school related to this case. The dates of exposure were Monday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec. 11. As a result, several classes will be subject to quarantine. Several students who ride the school bus have also been identified as contacts. The district is working with the Albany County Health Department on contact tracing. All identified contacts have been notified by the school about the need to quarantine and there will be follow-up by the health department. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

    Bethlehem Central High School:

    • A student at the high school has tested positive. There was possible exposure at school related to this case. The date of exposure was Wednesday, Dec. 9. The district is working with the Albany County Health Department on contact tracing. Four contacts have been identified in this case. All identified contacts have been notified by the school about the need to quarantine and there will be follow-up by the health department. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department.
    • A student at the high school has tested positive. There was possible exposure at school related to this case. The date of exposure was Thursday, Dec. 10. The district is working with the Albany County Health Department on contact tracing. Several classrooms will be required to quarantine. All identified contacts have been notified by the school about the need to quarantine and there will be follow-up by the health department. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department. 
    • A student at the high school has tested positive. There was possible exposure at school related to this case. The date of exposure was Thursday, Dec. 10. The district is working with the Albany County Health Department on contact tracing. Several classrooms will be required to quarantine. All identified contacts have been notified by the school about the need to quarantine and there will be follow-up by the health department. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department. 

      The rise in COVID-19 cases in the district has been linked to activities with families and friends outside of school. IT IS SO IMPORTANT that you and your family continue to follow these safety protocols: 

      • Always wear a mask that covers both the mouth and nose when you are out of your home or if someone from outside your household visits your home.
      • Wash hands with soap and water frequently when out of your home. If you cannot use soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
      • Don’t touch the eyes, nose or mouth unless your hands are clean.
      • Do not come to school when you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose.
      • If your child has had close contact with a confirmed positive case, do not send your child to school. 

      If you or your child are experiencing symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately. COVID-19 testing information is available by calling the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at (888) 364-3065 or on the Albany County Department of Health website.