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Students, staff at Niskayuna's Birchwood asked to self-quarantine after positive COVID-19 case

Students, staff at Niskayuna's Birchwood asked to self-quarantine after positive COVID-19 case

Person connected to the school tested positive for COVID-19, school officials said
Students, staff at Niskayuna's Birchwood asked to self-quarantine after positive COVID-19 case
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NISKAYUNA -- All students and staff of Birchwood Elementary School in Niskayuna have been advised to self-quarantine for two weeks after someone connected to the school tested positive for COVID-19, district officials announced Tuesday.

The district did not specify whether the person who tested positive was a student or someone else, but a message sent to the district community said people should assume “every student and staff member in the building was potentially exposed to this virus.”

Birchwood students and staff members were all advised to quarantine for 14 days from last Friday; adult caregivers should also quarantine. Anyone displaying symptoms, including a runny nose, sore throat, fever or coughing, should contact their primary care physician or their local health department.

District officials on Tuesday also took steps to further restrict access to the district’s school buildings.

“We recognize that this message is likely to cause concern in our community,” Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr. wrote in the message. “Our public health agencies have been outstanding partners throughout this entire situation. We join them in emphasizing the necessity of sharing information and acting with precaution throughout these extraordinary circumstances.”

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