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Dec. 9: Six new COVID cases reported districtwide

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on December 9, 2020

The Bethlehem Central School District learned today, Wednesday, Dec. 9, that six individuals in the school district community have tested positive for COVID-19 and a seventh case that was reported Monday has also been confirmed by the Albany County Department of Health. A summary of these cases can be found below.

Bethlehem Central Middle School:

  • A student associated with Patroon House 7 has tested positive. There was possible exposure related to this case. The date of possible exposure was Monday, Dec. 7, an A day. The district is working with the Albany County Health Department on contact tracing. All identified contacts are being contacted by the school regarding quarantine, with follow-up from the health department. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department.
  • A student associated with Patroon House 6 has tested positive. There was possible exposure related to this case, including some students and staff from the Mohawk House. The dates of possible exposure were Dec. 2, Dec. 3 and Dec. 4. The health department determines dates of potential exposure by using two days prior to the onset of symptoms in the individual who has tested positive or two days prior to that person’s positive test date if they are asymptomatic. The district is working with the Albany County Health Department on contact tracing. This case was reported by the district on Monday, Dec. 7. All identified contacts are being contacted by the school regarding quarantine, with follow-up from the health department. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department. 
  • A staff member at BCMS has tested positive. One contact has been identified related to a possible exposure on Friday, Dec. 4. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department and the additional contact will quarantine.

Slingerlands Elementary School:

  • A staff member associated with three classrooms at Slingerlands has tested positive. There was possible exposure related to this case. The dates of possible exposure were Monday, Dec. 1, Dec. 2 and Dec. 3. The health department determines dates of potential exposure by using two days prior to the onset of symptoms in the individual who has tested positive or two days prior to that person’s positive test date if they are asymptomatic. The district is working with the Albany County Health Department on contact tracing. All identified contacts are being contacted by the school, with follow-up from the health department. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

Eagle Elementary School: 

  • A staff member at Eagle has tested positive. There was no exposure at school related to this case. The last date this person was at the school was Tuesday, Nov. 24. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

Bethlehem Central High School:

  • Two students at BCHS have tested positive. There was no exposure at school related to either case. Both individuals have not been at the school since prior to the Thanksgiving break. Both individuals who tested positive are in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

In the district, there have been 41 cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the Albany County Department of Health since the start of the school year:

  • BCHS – 27
  • BCMS – 7
  • Eagle Elementary School – 2
  • Glenmont Elementary School – 2
  • Slingerlands Elementary School – 3

The rise in COVID-19 cases in the district has been linked to activities with families and friends outside of school. IT IS SO IMPORTANT that you and your family 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.