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Feb. 14: One positive COVID case

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on February 14, 2021

One new positive case of COVID-19 was reported today, Feb. 14, in the Bethlehem Central School District.

A student at Elsmere Elementary School has tested positive. There was possible exposure at school and on a school bus between Wednesday, Feb. 10 and Friday, Feb. 12. Several students and staff members will quarantine as a result. The district is currently assisting the Albany County Department of Health with contact tracing. All identified contacts are being been notified directly today of the need to quarantine.

The individual who tested positive will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

    Please be sure to keep the following safety protocols in place during the winter break:

    • 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.

    To help the district maintain a healthy learning environment for students, please adhere to the New York State travel advisory. Families who do travel out of state should be aware of the mandated requirements for a return to school:

    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