Coronavirus: The Latest from Catholic Health Services
CHS Stands Ready
CHS stands ready to diagnose and treat patients showing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) while also taking the necessary steps to prevent the spread of the disease. We are here to provide you with resources and guidance.
- CHS is working with Governor Cuomo, NYSDOH and the County Office of Emergency Management for procurement of additional ventilators. Such equipment will be distributed by New York State based upon need.
- To help address demand for COVID-19 testing on Long Island, CHS has asked the NYS DOH for clearance to test at our CHS laboratory in Hauppauge; we’ll know more in the weeks ahead.
- Our COVID-19 executive operational task force meets daily to ensure currency and continued capability to meet all CDC guidelines, including clinical protocols and travel alerts.
- We have magnified our environmental services strategy to ensure all staff and patient spaces are disinfected more often.
Updated Visitor Policy
Virtual Access to Mass
Support Our Coronavirus Fund
Hospital-Based and Community Events
Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the prevalence of coronavirus, all non-essential public events—such as lectures, support groups and other community outreach programs—originally scheduled for April are canceled. We respectfully apologize for any inconvenience.
Seeking Treatment for COVID-19
If you believe you or your family members may have been in contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, please call your health care provider to alert them of this potential exposure. In addition, if you have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough and shortness of breath), also call your health care provider first for instructions.
If you are unable to reach your provider or don’t have one, you can call the following hotlines with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.
- New York State coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065
- Nassau County Hotline: 516-227-9570
- Suffolk County Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
Protect Yourself from COVID-19
The CDC recommends several measures people can take to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Additional information about coronavirus is available at cdc.gov.
Effective Monday, March 23, through Friday, April 24, 2020, all hospital-based elective surgery will be canceled. This includes elective open heart and vascular surgical procedures.
This decision has been reached in an attempt to reduce risk of COVID-19 nosocomial infection, as well as to free up existing hospital capacity as much as possible, pending the expected COVID-19 patient surge.
The Centers for Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Healing will remain open at Mercy Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital and St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center to provide the essential care that is vital to the well-being of our patients. Our team is available to answer any questions you have about upcoming appointments. Please contact:
- Mercy Medical Center: 516-705-3950
- St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center: 631-784-7200
- St. Joseph Hospital: 516-520-2788