Keep yourself and your community safe.
If you need care, call us or use MyChart before you visit.
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause either mild illness, such as a cold, or can make people sick with pneumonia. The COVID-19 coronavirus is a new virus. Although there are no specific treatments available now, medication research is underway. See below for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine or go to institute.org/covid19vaccine.
You may have heard that there are new “variants” of the coronavirus. Viruses can change over time which cause “variant” viruses. A few variants of COVID-19 have been found in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil.
We are still learning more, but these variants seem to spread more easily and quickly. The best way to stop spread and prevent getting any type of COVID-19 is to practice all of the same safety precautions: getting vaccinated, practicing social distancing, using face coverings, washing your hands, and staying home as much as possible.
It is important to know that most people with COVID-19 will fully recover. People who are most at risk for severe illness are those who have health conditions including:
If you have one of these conditions, take extra precautions and call us if you notice any symptoms.
Call your health center if you have flu-like symptoms such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath. If you call first, we can prepare so we can take care of you and so it is less likely you will pass any illness to others. If you have difficulty breathing, call 911.
At this time, it is important to stay home as much as possible. You should only leave your home if you need medical attention or other necessities, like groceries. Pay attention to instructions from Governor Cuomo and local authorities. New York needs everyone to do their part to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Follow these steps to stay healthy:
More information on two key things you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and variants of COVID-19:
1. Wear a face covering
2. Wash your hands
New York State is continuing to add testing sites for COVID-19 on a daily basis. For questions about who should get tested and how, call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website: covid19screening.health.ny.gov. You can also ask your Institute provider about COVID-19 testing at your next in-person or telehealth visit.
To find free testing near you, visit: coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you
“Test & Trace” is an initiative to stop COVID-19 infections in New York City. This initiative helps to test New Yorkers of all backgrounds. If you test positive, pay attention to your phone. You’ll receive a call from a Tracer who will determine if you need more medical attention, help you isolate at home or at a free hotel, and create a list of who you had contact with shortly before your symptoms started.
For more information on Test & Trace, visit: www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/get-tested/test-trace-corps.page
We are working hard to vaccinate all eligible individuals. Check your eligibility at institute.org/covid19vaccine.
If you have symptoms for COVID-19, please call us or use MyChart before you visit your health center. If you call first, we can prepare so we can take care of you and so it is less likely you will pass any illness to others. Call your health center if you have flu-like symptoms such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath. If you have difficulty breathing, call 911.
Remember that it’s important to get the care you need, especially if you have a chronic condition. Your health care team can help you decide if you can be seen through telehealth or need an in-person visit. For example, if you are pregnant or have a child who needs a physical exam, you may need to schedule an in-person visit.
To schedule an in-person appointment, call your health center. New patients can call (844) 434-2778. Scheduling in-person appointments through MyChart will be available again soon.
Our health centers are taking all necessary precautions to keep our patients and communities safe.