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Nov. 28: Positive COVID case at BCHS

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on November 28, 2020

Update Nov. 29: The Albany County Department of Health has determined that dates of possible exposure related to this case were Nov. 18, Nov. 19 and Nov. 20.

The Bethlehem Central School District was notified today, Saturday, Nov. 28, of a positive case of COVID-19 at Bethlehem Central High School. The district is working this evening with the Albany County Department of Health on its case investigation and contact tracing.

If quarantine is required for students, families of those students will be contacted by both school and the Department of Health regarding quarantine requirements. If you do not receive a notification about quarantine, you are not considered a contact. 

This is the second case of COVID-19 reported in the district today and the 23rd case identified in the district since the beginning of the school year. Earlier today, a positive case linked to Glenmont Elementary School was confirmed by ACDOH. Eighteen of the 23 confirmed cases have been individuals associated with the high school.

Please keep in mind 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; therefore, we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.

As announced earlier this week, the high school be all remote Monday-Friday, Nov. 30-Dec. 4 as the result of a staffing shortage due to quarantine. At the middle school, Patroon 8 will be remote through Thursday, Dec. 3, also due to widespread quarantine. All other students will resume in-person instruction as scheduled on Monday, Nov. 30. Monday is a “B” day for students in grades 7-12.

It is important that families continue to complete the district’s COVID screening tool every morning before school. Any indicator that results in a red “thumbs-down” on the screening should be reported to your child’s school nurse as soon as possible. Also, if your family traveled recently, you must follow all protocols related to travel before returning to school:

Outside of school, students and families should continue to follow these COVID-19 safety precautions:

  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet at all times from those you don’t live with.
  • 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.
  • Do not come to school when 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.

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.