COVID-19 Resources

Updated 11/18

Flowchart with info and links about testing, symptom tracking, and policies for students and postdocs

Guidelines about Reporting (from Dr. Marta Filizola 11/17)

When should you report?

1.      If you have new symptoms

2.      If you have had contact* with someone known to have COVID-19

3.      If you have had contact* with someone suspected of having COVID-19

4.      If you have a COVID-19 test for any reason, either at MSHS or at another location (e.g. CityMD)

5.      If you have a new diagnosis of COVID-19 not previously reported to Student Health

6.      If you are planning travel or are soon returning from travel

Who should you report to?

1.      If you are a graduate student or a medical student, contact Student Health at 212-241-6023 to report symptoms, contacts or potential exposures, and testing results

2.      If you are a graduate student or a medical student with travel plans, complete the ISMMS Travel Registry (https://mountsinai.formstack.com/forms/travel_registration_form)

3.      If you are faculty, staff, resident or clinical fellow, or postdoctoral fellow, contact Employee Health at 212-844-1100

 

Updates for STUDENTS  from Infection Prevention 11/17

New York State Travel Update 

We have received feedback that the Governor of New York State will be enforcing at airports (and possibly train stations) the requirement that you provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your arrival into New York State if you are coming from a non-contiguous state or an international location. Please read the NYS Travel Advisory carefully. If you are traveling to a non-contiguous state, confirm that you will have access to this testing prior to your return to New York. Check to make sure asymptomatic testing is available in your area. We have revised our testing and quarantine flowsheets to reflect this guidance.

ISMMS Health Check (Symptom Tracker)

In order to comply with Mount Sinai Health Systems and New York State requirements, we now require that the identifying data (including name and Life number) be entered into the ISMMS Health Check. The app has been changed to reflect this requirement and has a few additional questions for compliance. Please complete the ISMMS Health Check daily and show your “green screen” to security at the entrance.

COVID-19 Testing Clarifications

It is critical that you communicate with Student Health regarding symptoms, the need for testing and any testing that you have outside of the Sinai system.

If you are having COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Contact Student Health (studenthealth@mssm.edu or phone: 212-241-6023)
  • A provider at Student Health will evaluate you and if deemed necessary, will schedule a nasopharyngeal PCR test at Mount Sinai.
  • Test results are sent to MyChart, usually within 12 hours of the test
  • Quarantine until you know the results of your test
    • If your test is positive, you will isolate. If you live in Aron Hall, isolation occurs in a location outside of Aron

If you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 OR you feel that you may have had an exposure (in any setting, clinical, laboratory or social):

  • Contact Student Health (studenthealth@mssm.edu or phone: 212-241-6023)
  • Student Health will gather information and if deemed appropriate, will schedule a nasopharyngeal PCR test at Mount Sinai.
  • Test results are sent to MyChart, usually within 12 hours of the test
  • Quarantine until you know the results of your test
    • If your test is positive, you will isolate. If you live in Aron Hall, isolation occurs in a location outside of Aron

If you have had a COVID-19 test for any reason at a location outside of the Mount Sinai Health System (e.g. CityMD, Metropolitan)

  • Contact Student Health (studenthealth@mssm.edu or phone: 212-241-6023). Regardless of the test result, we need to stay informed about the testing and health status of all our students.
  • Quarantine until you know the results of your test
    • If your test is positive, you will isolate. If you live in Aron Hall, isolation occurs in a location outside of Aron

If you are a returning traveler and need testing according to our protocols

 If you are seeking testing for reasons OTHER than symptoms, travel, close contact or contact investigation:

  • You can get tested at these sites within MSHS:
    • Mount Sinai Health System Asymptomatic Testing Sites
      • You should call to make sure they have the capacity and/or to find out if you need an appointment
    • Check the front desk at the Guggenheim (5th Avenue) entrance where you can schedule an Express Care appointment for testing within 24 hours.
  • Health and Hospital Systems (city hospitals) have walk-in testing. Metropolitan is the closest to Mount Sinai.
  • Look on the NYC DOH website for a testing site near you.

Sincerely,

Dr. Valerie Parkas

Dr. Beverly Forsyth

Dr. Rachel Solomon

The ISMMS Education Infection Prevention Team

Joshua Acklin (PhD candidate)

Naomi Mayman (MD candidate, Class of 2023)

Student Council Infection Prevention Representatives