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COVID-19: Vaccination, Testing and Treatment

 

COVID-19: Maintaining a Safe and Effective Care Environment

A safe and effective care environment is our highest priority, and Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) hospitals and medical practices have undertaken necessary steps to protect our patients and workforce as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

On this site, you will find up-to-date information on our patient and visitor guidelines, as well as details about vaccination, testing and treatment offered at our hospital campuses, by appointment only.

 


Please call the DOH’s COVID-19 hotline at 888.364.3065 or visit Health.NY.Gov for additional information.  You can also visit the CDC.gov for updates and prevention tips.

Our Plan for Care

All WMCHealth hospitals and medical practices have long-standing and up-to-date protocols in place to respond to infectious diseases. These protocols include, but are not limited to:

  • Strict adherence to care guidelines
  • Protective attire
  • Screening of patients and visitors for COVID-19 infections, symptoms or exposure 

Our Commitment

WMCHealth is committed to providing a safe and comfortable care environment for patients, their families and our staff at all of our member hospitals and medical practices throughout the Hudson Valley. Our care specialists are working collaboratively with public health agencies and closely monitoring COVID-19 developments. Please call the DOH’s coronavirus hotline at 888.364.3065 or visit Health.NY.Gov or CDC.gov for additional information and prevention tips.

Mental Health Hotline:  Call 914.216.7733

The COVID-19 anxiety and research hotline is staffed by trained medical personnel that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide free confidential telephone counseling services for members of the community and staff experiencing anxiety and depression as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Resources

Orange County DOH

Rockland County DOH

New York State DOH

CDC

 

Updated: January 13, 2023


Please call the DOH’s COVID-19 hotline at 888.364.3065 or visit Health.NY.Gov for additional information.  You can also visit the CDC.gov for updates and prevention tips.

Visitation 

New visitation restrictions will be in effect:

  • Patients at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and St. Anthony Community Hospital, will not be allowed visitors. 
  • Pediatric patients will be allowed one designated support person. 
  • Exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances, including those receiving end-of-life care. 
  • Outside food and personal items for admitted patients will not be accepted. 
  • All visitors, including designated support people, must be screened for symptoms and recent travel. Any visitor subject to quarantine restrictions for recent travel domestically or abroad, will not be allowed visitation. This includes quarantine orders specific to New York State available at coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.  Currently, all states other than those bordering New York* and CDC Level 2 and 3 countries† are subject to new travel instructions. Travelers from these states or countries will have to either quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in New York State OR get a negative test within 3 days before arriving in New York State, quarantine in New York State for 3 days, then get a negative test on day 4.

WMCHealth is working with New York State and the Department of Health on updated recommendations regarding hospital visitation in alignment with all state guidelines to ensure the safety of our patients, their caregivers and our workforce members.  We will share an updated version of the WMCHealth visitor policy on our website.

Thermal Scanning

We are now using thermal scanning to check all approved visitors for fever.  To protect the health and safety of our patients and our workforce, you must also protect your own health to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Temporary Changes in Outpatient Services

To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is making several temporary changes to our ambulatory and outpatient services to ensure that we are able to care for our patients in a safe and effective care environment in our hospitals and medical practices.

Rockland County:  Please Read the Update to Our Elective Ambulatory Services/Ambulatory Procedures/Ambulatory Surgeries, Outpatient Clinics and Bon Secours Medical Group Services

Orange County:  Please Read the Update to Our Elective Ambulatory Services/Ambulatory Procedures/Ambulatory Surgeries, Outpatient Clinics and Bon Secours Medical Group Services

WMCHealth’s nine hospitals, and our emergency departments, are open to care for our patients. 

Please refer to our website for updates on what you need to know before coming to one of our facilities or medical practices.

Updated:  June 17, 2020


Please call the DOH’s coronavirus hotline at 888.364.3065 or visit Health.NY.Gov for additional information.  You can also visit the CDC.gov for updates and prevention tips.

COVID-19 Specimen Collection for Testing

Bon Secours Community Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), has begun providing appointment-only drive-through COVID-19 specimen collection for current and former patients whose physicians are affiliated with Bon Secours Medical Group, Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Anthony Community Hospital and Bon Secours Community Hospital with a verified COVID-19 testing appointment.

Testing will be held on an intermittent schedule.

A referral from one of these physicians is mandatory and specimen collection will be conducted only by appointment.

  • Current and former patients whose physicians are affiliated with Bon Secours Medical Group, Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Anthony Community Hospital and Bon Secours Community Hospital can book a COVID-19 testing appointment using this MyChart link

The self-pay cost for an individual seeking a COVID diagnostic test is $75.

Patients who are experiencing symptoms that may indicate illness need to contact their physician’s office to be screened. Current and former patients who meet the current screening criteria will then be given an appointment for drive-through testing.

Treatment

If you test positive for COVID-19, contact your primary care provider for the most appropriate treatment plan for you.

Suspension of Referrals for Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19

WMCHealth is not currently accepting referrals for the COVID-19 monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatment, as the available mAbs are not effective against the predominantly circulating SARS-Cov-2 variants. Prevention remains the method of protection against COVID-19. We strongly recommend that all eligible individuals receive COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses, and mask and test when appropriate. Please contact your primary care provider if you have any questions about COVID-19 prevention or treatment.

 

Updated: January 13, 2023


WMCHealth Vaccine Information

Please check with your local provider, health department or pharmacy for vaccination and booster availability near you.

Valhalla

Guidance for the New York State Vaccination Program is available here.

Please call 914.202.4530 to schedule an appointment through our drive through vaccination center. Appointments are required.

A parent or legal guardian must accompany all children and proof of the child’s age is required.

Poughkeepsie

MidHudson Regional Hospital
241 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY

Every Wednesday, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. for pediatrics)

A parent or legal guardian must accompany all children and proof of the child’s age is required.

Appointments required. To schedule an appointment, call 914.202.4530.

Suffern

Good Samaritan Hospital
255 Lafayette Avenue
Suffern, NY

Every Monday, Friday and Sunday, 8 a.m.- 10 a.m.

A parent or legal guardian must accompany all children and proof of the child’s age is required.

Appointments are encouraged. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Additional Resources

 
Updated: January 30, 2023

WMCHealth Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program

Post-COVID-19 Care for Ongoing Recovery

The Tri-State area has been one of the hardest hit in the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, many people who became ill from the coronavirus continue to deal with long-term issues surrounding their physical, mental and emotional health and quality of life. Sometimes referred to as “post-COVID syndrome” this is a very real health issue. And, it is treatable. This program gives our patients access to evaluation and a wide range of specialty care for their mental and physical health.

Request an Appointment | Call 1.833.329.0095

Updated: January 9, 2023