COVID-19 Information for Patients
Our practices are open and we are here to care for you. Keeping you and our clinical teams safe is a top priority. Whether you receive your care virtually or in-person, you can count on receiving the same great quality of care that you’ve come to expect from Columbia. Please visit ColumbiaDoctors for more information.
We are providing first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible New York City residents in partnership with our hospital partner, NewYork-Presbyterian. Patients that are eligible for the vaccine can make an appointment through our Connect portal. Information about eligibility and appointment availability can be checked on our VaccineTogetherNY.org site. Information is also available at 646-697-8222.
If you think you might have COVID-19, we want you to get the best care possible and keep those around you safe and healthy. That means finding out if you need testing before visiting a practice office.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone that has been diagnosed with COVID-19, call your primary care doctor. They will determine if you need testing. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, you should visit the emergency room.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure and get vaccinated as soon as possible. We are providing first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible New York City residents in partnership with our hospital partner, NewYork-Presbyterian. Patients that are eligible for the vaccine can make an appointment through our Connect portal. Information about eligibility and appointment availability can be checked on our VaccineTogetherNY.org site. Information is also available at 646-697-8222.
CDC and other public health experts also recommend everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Above all, practice proper social distancing. That means avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people; suspending discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits; and engaging in work, school, and other activities from home wherever possible.
- Wear a cloth face covering in public.
- Stay home, especially when you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with others. Maintain six feet of distance between yourself and others when in public.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, chills, and/or loss of taste or smell. These symptoms may be similar to the flu or the common cold. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and other complications, especially in older individuals and those with underlying health conditions. Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
If a health care provider has determined that you or somebody in your care can be isolated and monitored at home after testing positive, please follow these abridged Discharge Instructions for Patients with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 until the provider says that you or the person you are caring for can return to normal activities. Consider printing these instructions and placing them somewhere visible for your quick reference.
If you have questions, please see our more detailed Discharge Instructions – Patients with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 and Caregiver Instructions for Respiratory Illness.
CUIMC and our outpatient practices are open to provide care for all patients. We are taking every precaution to ensure our patients’ safety and wellbeing as they return for medical care which may have been delayed, cancelled, or rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit ColumbiaDoctors for more information.