• Working closely with our local health department, Rome Memorial Hospital is monitoring the evolving guidance of the New York State Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control to protect our community from the COVID-19 virus, also known as the coronavirus. First detected in China, the virus continues to spread worldwide, including in the U.S. and New York State.  We have established an interdepartmental task force that meets regularly to ensure that our system is prepared and able to respond as new information becomes available.  

    If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 AND have symptoms of fever, coughing and shortness of breath, please call your healthcare provider for guidance for care and testing to avoid spreading the virus to others.  Click here for additional information from the CDC.


    Testing for COVID-19 is now widely available. Visit the New York State Department of Health to learn more:  Testing Information. 

    In order to determine when it is appropriate to self-isolate and when it is appropriate to call a physician or healthcare provider, the public should adhere to the following:

    Self-isolate if:
    You have mild symptoms (slight fever and cough).
    You have recently traveled and are displaying respiratory symptoms and fever.
    Believe you might have been exposed to a person suspected to have COVID-19.
    Don’t have any chronic medical conditions and aren’t immunocompromised.
    Those self-isolating should stay home for 14 days, monitoring symptoms. If symptoms worsen, contact your doctor/healthcare provider.

    Call physician/healthcare provider if:
    You self-isolated because of mild symptoms and aren’t getting better.
    You have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough and shortness of breath) and you have any chronic medical conditions or are immunocompromised (ex. diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease or taking immunosuppressive medications).

    Please do not report to a physician’s office, urgent care or emergency room unannounced.

    As a patient, you will NOT have any cost-sharing responsibility for the testing of COVID-19, including the test itself and the related initial visit to an in-network provider under your insurance plan. However, any future related treatments will follow your individual insurance plan. Please contact your insurance company for your specific details for co-payments, co-insurance or deductibles.

    Protecting the health and well-being of our patients and caregivers is our top priority as our community works together to slow the spread of the virus.  Please see our most current visitor policies here.

    Everyday preventative actions can help stop the spread of coronavirus and other respiratory viruses in our community.
    -Stay home when you are sick
    -Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    -Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    -Avoid close contact with people who 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.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Social Distancing is a good way for those who aren't under mandatory isolation or quarantine to prevent the spread of virus or disease. With COVID-19 spreading throughout the world, we thought it would be helpful to define this new catchphrase.

    In public, Social Distancing means maintaining a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) away from others to stay out of "sneezing distance." It also means avoiding gatherings and places where virus can gather and spread.

    At work, social distancing means more teleconferences and less in-person meetings. It also means no handshakes or "hi fives."

    At home, it means no sharing drinks or eating off the same plate.

    For more information on the CDC's recommendations on how to prepare and prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coron…/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

    Rome Memorial Hospital has created a pre-exposure self tracking tool to help people monitor their symptoms, risks and activities to protect our community and help identify who needs to be monitored or tested. Now, that the COVID-19 virus has been confirmed in Oneida County, this will help individuals keep track of information that could be useful to their healthcare providers if they become sick, so they don’t have to trust their memory.  Click here to download the pdf.

    Please see the list of resources provided below for the most current information available about COVID-19 from CDC, NYSDOH, and OCHD.

    CDC COVID-19
    New York State Hotline