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Dec. 15: Two reported positive COVID cases

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on December 15, 2020

The Bethlehem Central School District learned today, Tuesday, Dec. 15, of two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the district:

  • A staff member associated with Eagle Elementary School has tested positive. A preliminary case investigation has determined there was no exposure at the school. The last date this person was at the school was Friday, Dec. 4. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department.
  • A staff member associated with the high school has tested positive. A preliminary case investigation has determined there was no student exposure at school. The school district, however, is working with the Albany County Department of Health on contact tracing due to possible exposure in the workplace on Thursday, Dec. 10, Friday, Dec. 11 and Tuesday, Dec. 15. All close contacts have already been identified and have been asked to work remotely as a precaution while contact tracing is completed. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department. 

All elementary schools remain open for in-person instruction. Students in grades 6-12 will continue with remote instruction through the holiday break.

Please continue to follow these important 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 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.