Medical Resources for COVID-19
Where can I get tested if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
CALL YOUR PCP FIRST TO GET A TEST ORDER
The latest list of drive-through testing locations includes:
- Bridgeport Hospital
- Bristol Health -- coronavirus hotline: 860.261.6855.
- Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington
- Danbury Hospital
- Greenwich Hospital
- Griffin Hospital in Derby. Health hotline - 203-204-1053. If you need to get tested, call 203-437-6815.
- Hartford Hospital
- Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs
- Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London
- Manchester Memorial Hospital
- Mid-State Medical Center in Meriden
- Norwalk Hospital
- Rockville General Hospital in Vernon
- Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford
- Saint Mary’s Hospital in (Waterbury
- St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport
- Stamford Hospital, for information on COVID-19, call 203-276-4111 seven days a week, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- UConn John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington. The COVID-19 Call Center is 860-679-3199 and it is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Waterbury Hospital
- William H. Backus Hospital in Norwich
- Yale-New Haven Hospital
Last updated 3/31/2020
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WHAT IS NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19, 2019-nCoV)?
The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China, and is currently known as coronavirus (COVID-19), meaning it is a strain of virus not previously seen in humans. This virus presents as an upper respiratory illness with symptoms similar to the common flu and is spreading person-to-person. The virus has caused death, but cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness including pneumonia, depending on a variety of factors that are not yet fully known.
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
- Shortness of breath
WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Who should be tested
Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. Here is some information that might help in making decisions about seeking care or testing.
- Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home.
- There is no treatment specifically approved for this virus.
- Testing results may be helpful to inform decision-making about who you come in contact with.
CDC has guidance for who should be tested, but decisions about testing are at the discretion of state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians.
- Clinicians should work with their state and local health departments to coordinate testing through public health laboratories, or work with clinical or commercial laboratories.
How to get tested
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, try calling your state or local health department or a medical provider. While supplies of these tests are increasing, it may still be difficult to find a place to get tested.
What to do after you are tested
- If you test positive for COVID-19, see If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone.
- If you test negative for COVID-19, you probably were not infected at the time your specimen was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. It is possible that you were very early in your infection at the time of your specimen collection and that you could test positive later, or you could be exposed later and then develop illness. In other words, a negative test result does not rule out getting sick later.
CDC expects that widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur. In the coming months, most of the U.S. population will be exposed to this virus. You should continue to practice all the protective measures recommended to keep yourself and others free from illness. See How to Protect Yourself.
Additional information: U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration FAQs on Diagnostic Testing for SARS-CoV-2external icon.
HOW CAN I HELP PROTECT MYSELF
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- 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
Message from Yale New Haven Hospital
Reach out to your doctor or healthcare facility if you have an upcoming appointment for latest information on hours of operation and visitor restrictions.
Many offices are now offering telemedicine services during this time.
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor or healthcare facility before visiting.
Questions about COVID-19? Call 833-ASK-YNHH (833-275-9644).