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Dec. 5: BCMS has confirmed COVID case

Filed in Archive, BCMS, District, District News by on December 5, 2020

The Albany County Department of Health confirmed today, Saturday, Dec. 5, that an individual in the Bethlehem Central Middle School community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the Albany County Department of Health.

The last day the person who tested positive was at the middle school was Wednesday, Nov. 25. The Albany County Department of Health has indicated there was no exposure at the school related to this case and that there are no additional steps required for the district at this time regarding contact tracing.

This is the second positive case reported today in the BCSD community. Earlier today, the health department confirmed a positive case of COVID at the high school.

    In the district, there have been 33 cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the Albany County Department of Health since the start of the school year:

    • BCHS – 25
    • BCMS – 4
    • Eagle Elementary School – 1
    • Glenmont Elementary School – 1
    • Slingerlands Elementary School – 2

    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 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.