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The East Greenbush Central School District was informed today that a Questar III student who attends a program at Columbia High School has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last in school on November 18, which was a Live Virtual Wednesday for Columbia students. Due to the length of time that has passed since then, the Rensselaer County Health Department has advised us that there is no need for contact tracing and no one needs to quarantine due to possible exposure.

There will be no impact on the school schedule related to this confirmed case of COVID-19.

While we understand that you may want more information, privacy laws prohibit East Greenbush Central School District and Questar III from providing personally identifiable information about anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19. We appreciate your understanding.

As the number of cases of COVID-19 increases in our country and New York State, the district would like to remind everyone to maintain the strong habits we are developing as a school community:

  • Avoid large gatherings such as parties or unstructured situations which involve larger numbers of people coming into contact with each other.
  • Wear masks at all times when out in public, particularly when you cannot socially distance or when participating in such activities as club sports.
  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water is not accessible.
  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and in the event someone is sick, contact your primary care provider.

In the event that further developments occur or if additional information regarding this matter becomes available to our school district, the school community will be kept informed.

Those with questions are advised to call the county health department directly at 518-270-2655 or contact the district’s COVID-19 Coordinator at Columbia High School at 518-207-2180.