The entire Essen Health Care team is working tirelessly to ensure the safety of our patients, staff, and community from the COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus pandemic. As such, we are taking every preventative measure we can to protect everyone from this disease, including testing, monitoring and surveillance, and employee screening and clearance programs.
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TESTING and COVID CARE
Essen has launched an integrated COVID-19 Care Program to support citywide efforts to
- Test for infection
- Monitor and support patients with active infection to reduce the burden on hospitals
- Clear individuals to stop self-isolation and return to essential work
COVID-19 Infection Screening and Testing Services
COVID-19 Monitoring and Surveillance
After-Infection Antibody Testing
Return to Work Clearance
Essen offers COVID testing for anyone concerned about COVID infection or showing symptoms of fever and cough; patients receive post-test counseling; those who test positive will be offered Essen Monitoring and Surveillance Program.
Patients who have COVID-related symptoms can get monitoring and support from their home by Essen healthcare professionals. Essen staff can conduct telephone and video visits and, as needed, house calls, to assess, advise, order tests and medications, and escalate care as medically necessary.
After-Infection Antibody Testing to individuals who have been infected by or exposed to COVID-19 and need to document that they have successfully recovered in order to a) return to work in essential services or b) safely support their families who may remain vulnerable to infection.
Essen also offers Employment Clearance services to those exposed to, or recovering from, COVID-19 in order to help people get back to work, and safely provide support for their families who may remain vulnerable to infection.
Essen Health Care in the News – the work that we have done during the Covid-19 pandemic has been featured in the following:
Symptoms of COVID-19 commonly include fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. Some people also report the loss of a sense of taste or smell, feeling achy, headache and diarrhea.
Most people with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms and fully recover without complications after isolation at home. Less commonly, COVID-19 may lead to pneumonia, hospitalization or death.
People who are at most risk for severe illness are adults ages 50 or older, or those who have chronic health conditions, such as:
- Lung disease
- Heart disease
- A weakened immune system
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
If you are an older adult or have any of the chronic health conditions listed above, it is especially important for you to avoid all unnecessary gatherings and events.
If you have any of the following symptoms, go to an emergency room or call 911:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to stay awake
- Blue lips or face
Shelter-in-Place: The Governor has ordered every New Yorker to stay at home from work, unless they are an essential worker. When you must go out for essential tasks or solitary exercise, keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and others and wear a face covering.
Face Coverings: People who do not show symptoms may still be able to spread COVID-19. A face covering can help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to other people, so you should wear one whenever you leave the home. Face coverings cover the nose and mouth and are secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It may be factory-made or sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, t-shirts, or towels. Surgical masks and N-95 respirators are critical supplies and must be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
Handwashing: Wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds every time, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Do not touch your face unless you recently washed your hands. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands. Do not shake hands. Instead, wave.