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Feb. 25: Two positive COVID cases

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on February 25, 2021

Two new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported today, Feb. 25, in the Bethlehem Central School District. Both cases are individuals associated with the high school.

  • A student at the high school has tested positive. The student was last at school on Monday, Feb. 22. The district assisted the Albany County Department of Health with contact tracing related to this case. There were no close contacts identified at school; three close contacts were identified on the school bus. All identified contacts are being notified directly of the need to quarantine. The district is using new health department guidance on quarantining released this week. The new guidance no longer requires automatic quarantining of entire classrooms or school buses but instead relies on seating charts and interviews to determine close contacts. The individual who tested positive will not return to school until cleared by the health department. 
  • A second student at the high school has tested positive. There was no exposure at the school related to this case as the student was last in the building prior to the February break. The individual who tested positive will not return to school until cleared by the health department. 

There are also new guidelines for staff or students who have been fully vaccinated. Currently, these individuals are not subject to quarantine from two weeks after the second dose to no more than three months from the second dose. The vaccinated individual must be completely asymptomatic and continue precautions such as masking and distancing.

Some students have been vaccinated for various reasons including at the high school where several students have been vaccinated in connection to their afterschool jobs. Parents of students who have been vaccinated should contact their child’s school nurse to let them know if their students have been vaccinated. This will assist in quarantine decisions made by the health department.

In addition, staff or students who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.

Please be sure to continue following COVID health and safety protocols, including:

  • 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.
  • Do not come to school if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above. In addition, if an individual in your household is symptomatic and is awaiting the results of a COVID test, please do not send your child to school.
  • If your child tests positive for COVID or if you get a “thumbs down” on your child’s daily COVID screening, please contact your child’s school nurse. 

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