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Jan. 20: Four positive COVID cases

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on January 20, 2021

Four positive cases of COVID-19 were reported today, Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the Bethlehem Central School District. They are as follows:

Bethlehem Central Middle School

  • A student at the middle school has tested positive. There was no exposure at school. The student who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department.
  • A staff member at the middle school has tested positive. There was no exposure at school. The student who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

    Districtwide

    • A staff member in the district’s Transportation Department has tested positive. There was no exposure at school or at work related to this case. The individual who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to work until cleared by the health department.
    • A private contractor who works districtwide has tested positive. There was possible exposure between Jan. 7 and Jan. 19. Several contacts were identified related to this case. All contacts have been notified about their possible exposure to this case. The individual who tested positive will not return to work in the district until cleared by the health department.

    It is extremely important that the daily COVID screener is completed every day and that the following safety protocols remain in place for students and staff:

    • 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. For staff, please stay home if you get a “thumbs down” and contact your immediate supervisor.

    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