Allegany Hope: Alfred-Almond School Shutdown, Andover at risk

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By Casey Jones, Editor, Allegany Hope Community News

BREAKING: Alfred-Almond Central School District is closed to students tomorrow after an apparent COVID-19 outbreak of unknown proportions over the weekend and Andover Central School District has two more positives, bringing its total to a dozen in the past two-and-a-half weeks.

The school districts information was disseminated this evening to the public on Facebook, with Alfred-Almond Superintendent Tracie Bliven reporting that it has been advised of a “number of new positive cases of COVID-19 over the weekend and today” which will “require significant contact tracing to take place” and data to be submitted to the Allegany County Department of Health before official isolation or quarantine orders can be issued by the county.

As we reported earlier tonight in an update on multiple COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks in eight out of the 12 Allegany County school districts, the school had reported one student and one staff positives in its junior-senior high on Friday.

At Andover, Superintendent Derek Schuelein says the district was advised over the weekend of two additional individuals testing positive but due to the district’s mitigation efforts, no further quarantines are required at this time.

The district experienced six cases two and a half weeks ago, three more individual positives the following week and another on Thursday.

Bliven also said the district will be updating two documents tomorrow on its website and Facebook account, to include questions-and-answers related to COVID and a flowchart for how close virus contacts are determined as they relate to quarantines.

She also notified the public of allegations of threats made against students, although State Police investigators have told the school that they have not been determined to be credible. She also said there had been “misleading and inaccurate information posted and shared on social media.”

The full message to the Alfred-Almond Central School District community is available on its Facebook page.

Allegany County, NY, government reported today on its online tracker 43 new positives from Friday noon through noon today, with 135 new quarantines/isolations.

Although we have filed a county-required Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request for weekend details, which includes cases by towns each day, no response has yet been received.

Town and school district boundaries are different, although synthesizing various sources we have analyzed, it appears there were five new cases over the weekend, through noon today, in both the Towns of Alfred and Andover.

The schools report card is at https://on.ny.gov/3ieQJkx.

Other COVID-19 Trackers/dashboards which also provide additional and sometimes different information from county reports are available at:

— Allegany County: http://bit.ly/3cHU2Rl

— New York Forward COVID-19 Tracker: https://on.ny.gov/2VIePLx

— New York COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: https://on.ny.gov/3qAiJmD

–- HHS Data Hub:https://bit.ly/39iZlnC

— Alfred State College: https://bit.ly/33rqlze*

— Alfred University: https://bit.ly/3xSMqSU*

— Houghton College: https://bit.ly/30rYtcv*

* NOTE: College data on the Schools Report Card and that on the individual institution’s website may vary.

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