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Guidelines For COVID Care

Be aware that the situation is fast moving and subject to change. For the most up to date information visit the New York State department of health website, the CDC website, and/or Suffolk County website.

In the event that you have a medical emergency that is not related to COVID (and you are experiencing no COVID symptoms and have not been exposed to the virus) you should dial 911 and contact the emergency services directly.

If You are Experiencing Symptoms

From Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital:  If you have cold or flu-like symptoms (fever, headache, cough, muscle aches and joint pain), stay home and call your primary care physician for guidance.

If you are having trouble breathing, call 911 immediately. If you come to Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital or one of our outpatient facilities for an appointment, notify our staff  upon arrival if you:

  1. Have a fever, cough or shortness of breath
  2. Have you travelled outside of the United States to China, Italy, Iran, South Korea or Japan
  3. Have come into contact with anyone who had tested positive for the Covid-19

In general:

  • Contact your doctor and get a referral.
  • If you do not have a doctor, contact an urgent care centers:
  • If you need to go to the hospital, call ahead and tell them you are coming so they are prepared, that you have COVID symptoms
  • Report your symptoms to:
    • The Suffolk County Health Department – 631-854-0000
      631-852-4820 (after hours) ask for on-call communicable disease nurse
  • Transport:  If you are possibly infectious, have a driver take you who is already exposed to COVID; if not, then call 911 for transportation
  • People need to safely and cautiously take care of themselves, including travel, but do not infect those who may not have been exposed
  • Call 911 for the EMTs for emergency services:  if you are having trouble breathing, if you cannot walk or cannot otherwise safely get to the hospital.
  • If you have a fever, cough and symptoms of COVID, put on a mask if you have one while you await the EMTs.  If you do not have a mask the EMTs will provide one for you.  If it is possible for you to walk, please go to the door to meet the EMT”S.

More information is available at the Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital website.  https://elih.stonybrookmedicine.edu/Coronavirus

How To Get Tested

Stony Brook University Medical Center Testing Facility
The Stony Brook COVID-19 drive-up testing facility is now operational. To access testing, you will need to make an appointment in advance by calling 888-364-3065 and following the voice prompt menu. Again the process is as follows:

1. Make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065
2. Have your NYS driver’s license or similar ID
3. Arrive at Stony Brook University for your appointment time slot
4. Keep your windows rolled up until you are being tested
5. As of 03/20/20 the testing hours are 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

You do not need to be referred by a doctor, but you do need an appointment.