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Jan. 1-2: Five positive COVID cases

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on January 2, 2021

Between yesterday and today, Saturday, Jan. 2, the Bethlehem Central School District has learned of five individuals in the school district who have tested positive for COVID-19. Due to the timing of these cases, the Albany County Department of Health has determined there was no exposure at school in any of these cases and there are no additional steps for the district related to contact tracing. All individuals who tested positive are in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

  • A student at the high school has tested positive. 
  • Two staff members at the middle school have tested positive. 
  • A staff member at Elsmere Elementary School has tested positive.
  • A student at Hamagrael Elementary School has tested positive.

It is very important that families 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.
  • 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 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.