COVID-19: Information for Providers

COVID-19 Testing Now Available for All New Yorkers

COVID-19 testing is now available for all New Yorkers, whether or not they have symptoms. Providers should especially offer testing to the following groups:

  • People with new-onset signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19

  • People who work in a congregate residential setting, such as a nursing home, shelter or adult care facility

  • People who participated in street demonstrations or any other large gatherings during the past two weeks

When conducting testing, include the patient’s phone number, if available, on the specimen submission form, so that NYC’s Test and Trace Corps can contact the patient if SARS-CoV-2 is detected. If you do not offer testing, refer people to the NYC testing website to find a testing location near them.

Health care personnel should use a face mask and eye protection (goggles or face shield), at a minimum, during all clinical encounters. When evaluating patients with suspected or known COVID-19, they should continue using standard, contact and droplet precautions, and eye protection.

COVID-19 can be diagnosed using FDA-authorized SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA or antigen-based tests. Serologic testing cannot be used to diagnose COVID-19.

Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

Immediately report suspected cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children
(MIS-C) by calling 866-692-3641. For reporting criteria, see Health Advisory #16 (PDF, May 18).

Upcoming Webinar for Providers

Date/Time: Friday, July 24, at 1 p.m.
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