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Fifth COVID case confirmed at BCHS; contact tracing is underway

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on October 23, 2020

On Friday, October 23, the Albany County Department of Health confirmed that a fifth member of the Bethlehem Central High School community has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The individual who tested positive has not been at the high school since Tuesday, Oct. 20. This person is currently in isolation and will not return to the high school until they are cleared by the health department. To date, there have been no confirmed cases reported in any other BC schools.

District administrators are working closely with the Albany County Department of Health to identify this individual’s close contacts within the school community and to assist with contact tracing. Anyone identified as a close contact will be contacted directly by the Albany County Department of Health with information regarding quarantine and/or to arrange for testing. If you are not directly contacted by the health department, you have not been identified as having had potential exposure to this confirmed case. 

Please note that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws do not allow the district to disclose or confirm any personally identifiable information regarding anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Since the start of the school year, the district has been thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting all buildings throughout the district, in accordance with guidance from the New York State Department of Health and the CDC. The high school will undergo an additional deep cleaning this weekend.

The district will continue to work closely with the Albany County Department of Health and will follow their guidance regarding contact tracing and case investigation. All updates to this information will be posted to the district website and will be sent districtwide to families via School Messenger.