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Dec. 17: Two positive COVID cases

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

The Bethlehem Central School District learned today, Thursday, Dec. 17, that two individuals in the school district community have tested positive for COVID-19: 

Elsmere Elementary School: 

  • A staff member at Elsmere has tested positive. There was possible exposure at school related to this case. The date of exposure was on Monday, Dec. 14. Five individuals have been identified as contacts. The identified contacts have already 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. will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

Bethlehem Central Middle School:

  • A student associated with virtual learning at the middle school has tested positive. This individual has not been in the school building and as a result, there was no exposure at school. 

    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.