Health & Testing Resources

Symptoms & Care

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. They may include one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle Pain
  • Sore Throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • and others

For a complete list of symptoms as well as guidance on when to seek medical attention, please visit the Center for Disease Control’s COVID-19 site.

The CDC website also includes guidance on Caring for Someone Sick with the Virus.



Covid Testing

Can I take the test?

At the time of writing, due to the limited supply of coronavirus tests, testing has been prioritized for essential employees who interact with the public as well as individuals who meet one of the following criteria:

  • are symptomatic or has a history of symptoms of COVID-19
  • has had close contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19
  • is subject to precautionary or mandatory quarantine
  • employed as a health care worker, first responder, or other essential worker that directly interacts with the public
  • is determined by their clinician to have reasonably been in close contact with someone who may have had COVID-19
  • meets one or more of the NYS Dept. of Health’s criteria for testing, or
  • would return to work in Phase One.

For more information on testing, visit the DOH COVID-19 testing site.

How do I order the test?

To order a test, contact your health care provider or call the New York COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

You can also pre-register for testing using an Online Assessment provided by the NY Department of Health.

What does the Test Cost?

Testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers.

Where is the test administered?

The NYS Department of Health has a list of all nearby testing facilities at the following link:

The closest testing site for Sayville residents is:
Sayville Urgent Care
5000 Sunrise Highway, Sayville, NY 11782
(631) 563-7828



Covid Vaccine

Am I eligible?

New York is currently vaccinating those in Phases 1a and Phase 1b. For a complete list of individuals eligible for vaccination in Phase 1a and Phase 1b, please visit the NY Phased Distribution of the Vaccine website.

To see if you are currently eligible, use the NY Department of Health's Vaccine Prescreen Tool.

How do I get a vaccine?

  1. Determine your eligibility and schedule an appointment using the NY Dept. of Health Vaccine Portal or by calling the NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-697-4829.
  2. Once you have a vaccine appointment confirmed, complete the Vaccine Form and print your submission ID. If you cannot fill out the form online, there will be ones available at the vaccination sites.
  3. Bring your proof of eligibility and submission ID to your appointment. Depending on your eligibility category, proof can include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, a pay stub, a driver's license, passport, or any legal proof of your date of birth and residency.
  4. If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, your second dose appointment will be scheduled automatically when you receive your first vaccine dose. Your second appointment will be scheduled for the same time and at the same location, three weeks following your first dose. You will receive a card onsite with the date and time indicated and a confirmation email will follow a few days later.

Vaccine Development & Safety:

For detailed information on how the vaccine was developed, its testing process and safety information, please visit the Center for Disease Control's Vaccine Safety website or the NY Department of Health's Vaccine Safety Measures website.

For more information on the individual vaccines, please consult the following fact sheets provided by the FDA:

New York Vaccine Tracking:

If you would like to monitor the vaccination progress in New York, the NY Department of Health is tracking the total doses administered by county on their Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker website.



Health Insurance


The New York Department of Financial Services has required all insurance companies to waive co-pays for all telehealth visits during the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce the spread of the virus.

For more information, please read the DFS Press Release relating to the emergency regulation.

Deferred Payments

Through June 1, 2020, individuals and businesses experiencing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic may defer paying premiums on their insurance policies. Payments will be due again after the period has passed. No late fees will be incurred.

For more information, please read the DFS Press Release relating to the deferment.

What if I’m uninsured?

If you are without health insurance, you may apply for coverage through the New York State of Health website during a special enrollment period that ends June 15, 2020. If you are without insurance due of job loss, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage.

For more information on your uninsured health rights, visit the Health Department’s Information page.

I need help signing up for health care.

The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island has navigators available via phone to assist those in need in finding and signing up for affordable health care. Please call (516) 505-4426 to speak with a representative.

The New York Center for the Aging’s Health Insurance Information Counseling Assistance Program has representatives available to answer seniors’ health care questions. Representatives from HIICAP are frequently available for appointment at Sayville Library throughout the year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HIICAP representatives can only be reached via phone at (631) 979-9490 x 18.

What if I am an immigrant?

All medical care related to COVID-19, including preventive care, testing and treatment will not be charged to you, regardless of your immigration status or whether you do or do not have insurance as per order of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services department.

In addition, the Federal Government has ceased immigration enforcement at or near medical facilities, including hospitals, clinics, urgent care, and doctors’ offices. If you have a question about these laws or feel you have been a victim of discrimination, please contact the NY Division of Human Rights at (888) 392-3644.



Mental Health Assistance

NY Office of Mental Health

The New York Office of Mental Health has established an Emotional Support Helpline at (844) 863-9314 in which New Yorkers can receive free and confidential support.

The OMH has also provided a useful collection of mental health resources, including tips for managing anxiety and grief, on their COVID-19 Resources page.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached toll-free anytime at (800) 723-8255.

The NSPL has also provided a fantastic list of coping tips for those feeling emotional distress related to COVID-19 which can be found on their Emotional Wellbeing During COVID-19 website.