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Jan. 30-Feb. 1: Nine positive COVID cases

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on February 1, 2021

Nine positive cases of COVID-19 were reported between Saturday, Jan. 30 and Monday, Feb. 1 in the Bethlehem Central School District. They are as follows:

Bethlehem Central High School

  • Two students at the high school have tested positive. Based on the dates these students were last at school, there was no exposure at school related to either case. The students will not return to school until cleared by the health department. 
  • A staff member at the high school has tested positive. There was possible exposure at school. Two individuals have been identified as contacts. Both have been notified of the need to quarantine. The individual who tested positive will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

    Bethlehem Central Middle School

    • A student at the middle school has tested positive. Based on the dates this student was at school, there was no exposure at school related to this case. The individual who tested positive will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

    Eagle Elementary School

    • A student at Eagle has tested positive. There was possible exposure at school. The dates of possible exposure were Monday, Jan. 25-Wednesday, Jan. 27. Several students and staff members have been identified as contacts. All families and staff members have been notified of the need to quarantine. The individual who tested positive will not return to school until cleared by the health department.
    • A student at Eagle has tested positive. Based on the dates this student was at school, there was no exposure at school related to this case. The individual who tested positive will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

    Elsmere Elementary School

    • A student at Elsmere has tested positive. There was possible exposure at school. The dates of possible exposure were Wednesday, Jan. 27-Friday, Jan. 29. Several students and staff members have been identified as contacts. All families and staff members have been notified of the need to quarantine. The individual who tested positive will not return to school until cleared by the health department.
    • A student at Elsmere has tested positive. Based on the dates this student was at school, there was no exposure at school related to this case. The individual who tested positive will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

    Hamagrael Elementary School

    • A student at Hamagrael has tested positive. Based on the dates this student was at school, there was no exposure at school related to this case. The individual who tested positive will not return to school until cleared by the health department.

      It is important that the daily COVID screener is completed every day (even if a student is in remote learning) 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