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Jan. 23-25: Six positive COVID cases

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

Six positive cases of COVID-19 were reported Saturday, Jan. 23 through Monday, Jan. 25 in the Bethlehem Central School District. They are as follows:

Elsmere Elementary School

  • A student at the Elsmere has tested positive. Based on the last dates the student was at school, the health department determined 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.

Slingerlands Elementary School

  • A student at Slingerlands has tested positive. There was possible exposure at school on Tuesday, Jan. 19 and Wednesday, Jan. 20. Several contacts were identified related to this case. All contacts were notified Saturday about their possible exposure and the need to quarantine. The student who tested positive will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

Bethlehem Central High School

  • A student at the high school has tested positive. There was possible exposure at school and on a school bus on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Contact tracing is underway with several individuals likely having to quarantine. All contacts will be notified today about the possible exposure and the need to quarantine. The student who tested positive will not return to school until cleared by the health department.
  • A student at the high school has tested positive. Based on the last dates the student was at school, the health department determined 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.

Bethlehem Central High School/Bethlehem Central Middle School

  • A staff member associated with both the middle school and the high school has tested positive. There was possible exposure at school on Tuesday, Jan. 19 through Friday, Jan. 22. Contact tracing is underway with an estimated five contacts being required to quarantine. All contacts are being notified this afternoon about their possible exposure and the need to quarantine. The individual who tested positive will not return to work in the district until cleared by the health department.

    Districtwide

    • A staff member who works in the district Transportation Department has tested positive. There was possible exposure on a school bus on Thursday, Jan. 21 and Friday, Jan. 22. All contacts were notified over the weekend about their possible exposure and the need to quarantine. The individual who tested positive will not return to work in the district until cleared by the health department.

    It is 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