GCSD has another COVID-19 case

GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland schools have announced another case of COVID-19.

Superintendent Marie Wiles sent an email at about 7 p.m. Sunday evening, saying that, earlier on Nov. 8, “The district learned that an individual connected to both Farnsworth Middle School and Guilderland High School has tested positive for COVID-19.”

She also wrote, “At this time, all schools remain open for in-person instruction.”

The principals of both schools are working with the county’s health department to supply contact tracing information.

“For anyone exposed, the health department will reach out and advise on the need to quarantine and arrange for testing,” Wiles wrote.

Albany County has been experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, as has the rest of the country, since schools opened in the fall and people have returned to more inside activities.

On Thursday, the county’s health commissioner, Elizabeth Whalen, said that about 15 percent of the county’s COVID-19 cases in the last two months had come from students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Whalen urged parents to keep their children home when they are sick and to get them tested.

So far this school year, Guilderland has had four cases of COVID-19 before the current case — two at Altamont Elementary and two at Guilderland High School.

In-person instruction continued at both schools; at Altamont Elementary, a first- and third-grade class learned remotely for two weeks.

“The school district continues to follow all prevention protocols in accordance with guidelines from the New York State Department of Health and CDC,” Wiles wrote of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “This includes a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all school buildings.

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