Immediate medical attention is required if you experience emergency warning signs for COVID-19. These include, but are not limited to:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Unusual lethargy and disorientation
- Bluish lips or face
If you are experiencing any other symptoms that are concerning or severe, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. Additional help and information is available by calling the NYS COVID-19 Hotline: (888-364-3065).
Testing is limited at this time. This is a new virus, so a new test had to be developed, and testing kits are not as widely available as we’d like. If a doctor determines that a test for COVID-19 is needed, it will be sent to a laboratory that is able to perform testing for COVID-19.
Remember, a test is not a treatment or a cure. If you have symptoms, stay home and maintain your distance from others. Double-down on hand washing and cleaning surfaces you frequently touch. Workers in essential businesses who have symptoms may be required to stay home for a week or two and self-isolate, but not necessarily tested at this time.
In advance of getting tested in person, we recommend using our Montefiore COVID-19 Check. Click or tap the chat icon at the bottom right-hand corner of your mobile device or browser window for a quick COVID-19 assessment.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, including if you plan to be tested or are waiting for your results, you should self-quarantine. Even if your results are negative, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and your doctor feels it is likely you have the disease, you should continue to self-quarantine for 7 days after the start of your symptoms, 72 hours after your fever resolves without fever-reducing medicines, and until your symptoms are significantly improved, whichever is longest.