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Dec. 16: Four new positive COVID cases

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on December 17, 2020

The Bethlehem Central School District learned today, Wednesday, Dec. 16, that four individuals in the school district community have tested positive for COVID-19: one at Hamagrael, two at the middle school and one at the high school. A summary of these cases can be found below.

Hamagrael Elementary School: 

  • A staff member at Hamagrael has tested positive. There was possible exposure at school related to this case. The dates of exposure were on Wednesday, Dec. 9, Thursday, Dec. 10 and Friday, Dec. 11. As a result, a classroom will be subject to quarantine. 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 staff member at the middle school has tested positive. There was possible exposure at school related to this case. The dates of exposure were on Tuesday, Dec. 8, Wednesday, Dec. 9, and Thursday, Dec. 10. The school district is working with the Albany County Department of Health on contact tracing. One other person has been identified as a contact. The identified contact is being 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 middle school has tested positive. In its case investigation, the health department determined there was no exposure at school. The person has not been at the building since prior to the Thanksgiving break. The individual who tested positive has been 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. In its case investigation, the health department determined there was no exposure at school. The person has not been at the building since prior to the Thanksgiving break. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

      Please 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.