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Dec. 19: Five confirmed COVID cases

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on December 19, 2020

The Bethlehem Central School District learned today, Saturday, Dec. 19, that five individuals in the school district community have tested positive for COVID-19: two at Eagle, two at Slingerlands, and one 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 related to this case at school and on a school bus. The dates of exposure were Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Thursday, Dec. 10. As a result, several students and staff members will be subject to quarantine. The district is working with the Albany County Health Department on contact tracing. All identified contacts are 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.
  • A student at Eagle has tested positive. There was possible exposure related to this case at school and on a school bus. The date of exposure was Thursday, Dec. 10. As a result, several students and staff members will be subject to quarantine. The district is working with the Albany County Health Department on contact tracing. All identified contacts are 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.

Slingerlands Elementary School: 

  • A student at Slingerlands has tested positive. There was possible exposure related to this case at school. The date of exposure was Monday, Dec. 14. As a result, several students and staff members will be subject to quarantine. The district is working with the Albany County Health Department on contact tracing. All identified contacts are 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.
  • A student at Slingerlands has tested positive. In its case investigation, the health department determined there was no exposure at school. The person has not been at the school since December 4. The individual who tested positive is in isolation.

      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.

      Please continue to follow these safety protocols, even while schools are remote: 

      • 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.
      • Contact your medical provider if 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.