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Dec. 21: Three positive COVID cases, one update

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on December 21, 2020

The Bethlehem Central School District learned today, Monday, Dec. 21, that three individuals in the school district community have tested positive for COVID-19: one at the middle school, one at Eagle and one at Hamagrael. There is also an update to a case reported at Elsmere on Sunday. More information can be found below:

Eagle Elementary School: 

  • A student at Eagle has tested positive. There was possible exposure related to this case at school. The dates of possible exposure were Tuesday, Dec. 15, Wednesday, Dec. 16 and Friday, Dec. 18. As a result, several students and staff members will be subject to quarantine. The district is working with the Albany County Department of Health 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.

Hamagrael Elementary School: 

  • A student at Hamagrael has tested positive. There was possible exposure related to this case at school. The dates of possible exposure were Monday, Dec. 14 and Tuesday, Dec. 15. As a result, several students and staff members will be subject to quarantine. The district is working with the Albany County Department of Health 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.

Bethlehem Central Middle School: 

  • A student at the middle school has tested positive. In its case investigation, the health department determined there was no exposure at school. This person has not been at the school since December 10. The individual who tested positive is in isolation.

Update – Elsmere Elementary School: 

  • A district staff member at Elsmere has tested positive and is currently in isolation. The initial case investigation had revealed possible exposure at school on Monday, Dec. 14. However, the Albany County Department of Health, in its final case investigation, confirmed there was no exposure at school on that date. As a result, no students or staff are required to be quarantined related to this case. Out of an abundance of caution, staff members and families of students had been notified to tentatively quarantine until further guidance was given by the Department of Health. This quarantine notice has been rescinded based on the county health department’s final case investigation, which was reported to the district today, Monday, Dec. 21. All staff and families who received the quarantine notification have been notified of this update.

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.