COVID-19: Information for Providers

Updated Guidance

Offer COVID-19 Testing

Prioritize diagnostic testing for people who:

  • Have new symptoms of COVID-19
  • Were exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past two weeks
  • Attended an indoor gathering of more than 50 people in the past two weeks

Consider screening for people who may have an increased risk for exposure or for exposing others. People who test positive for COVID-19 and remain asymptomatic after recovery should not be retested within 90 days.

For updated guidance on diagnostic testing and screening for COVID-19, refer to Health Alert #38 (PDF) .

Report All SARS-CoV-2 Test Results Electronically

New York State requires health care providers and facilities to report all point-of-care and other SARS-CoV-2 test results within 24 hours through the Electronic Clinical Laboratory Reporting System. Include all required information (including school and employment information) in all reports, or, if sending specimens to a diagnostic lab, on the lab requisition forms.

For more information, see Health Advisory #37 (PDF).

Encourage Patients to Seek Care

  • Urge patients with severe symptoms of any health condition to seek medical care promptly.
  • Maintain communication with patients diagnosed with COVID-19, especially those at risk for severe disease, to monitor for worsening illness.

Upcoming Webinar for Providers

Date/Time: Friday, December 18, at 1 p.m.
Registration: Register through WebEx

You can find below guidance for health care providers about various COVID-19-related topics. For guidance for specific facility types, see COVID-19: Resources for Health Care Facilities.

NYC Health Alerts and Advisories


Next NYC COVID-19 Provider Webinar

Date/Time: Friday, December 18, at 1 p.m.
Registration: Register through WebEx

Recent Webinars

CME Accreditation Statement for Joint Providership

NYC Health + Hospitals is accredited by The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Webinars have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Requirements and Policies of the MSSNY through the joint providership of NYC Health + Hospitals and the NYC Department of Health. NYC Health + Hospitals designates this continuing medical education activity for a maximum of one AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

New York State COVID-19 Webinars

Dear Colleague COVID-19 Updates


Infection Control and Personal Protective Equipment

Health Care Workers

Perinatal and Pediatric Care

Equal Access to Care

Pulse Oximeter Program

Influenza During COVID-19

More COVID-19 Information for Providers

Additional Resources