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Dec. 20: Three positive COVID cases

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on December 20, 2020

REMINDER: Monday, Dec. 21-Wednesday, Dec. 23: Students in grades K-12 will be in remote instruction. 


The Bethlehem Central School District learned today, Sunday, Dec. 20, that three individuals in the school district community have tested positive for COVID-19: one at the high school, one at Elsmere Elementary School and one at Slingerlands Elementary School. More information can be found below:

 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.

Elsmere Elementary School: 

  • A district staff member at Elsmere has tested positive. There was possible exposure related to this case at the 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 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 work until cleared by the health department.

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 Wednesday, Dec. 9. 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 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.

    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.