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COVID-19

COVID-19 testing is being performed at designated UHS locations with an order from your provider. 

In-person visits are not encouraged if you are experiencing symptoms that could be COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, muscle aches, headache). If you are experiencing any of these, please contact your Primary Care provider for an evaluation of your symptoms or start a Virtual Walk-In visit here.

What to do if you are sick

You and your family’s health, safety and well-being are of utmost importance to us at UHS. If you are not feeling well, we strongly encourage you to call your provider's office or utilize the UHS Virtual Walk-In before you come in especially if you are experiencing fever, shortness of breath, cough, or any combination of those. DO NOT delay seeking in-person care if you are struggling to breathe. Infections like the flu and the novel coronavirus are especially concerning, but can be avoided by taking precautions.

  • If you are coming for an appointment with your provider, we ask that you come alone whenever possible. 
  • If you desire support or you require assistance during your visit, please limit this to one adult companion or support person. Your support person may be asked to wait in their car or in the waiting room during your time with the provider in order to maintain social distancing and limit the potential for exposure
  • If you are bringing a child in for a pediatric appointment, please do not bring the youngster's siblings.

We understand that this is not an easy or welcome transition. We want to ensure the highest possible level of safety and care for everyone's well-being and to be compliant with federal, state and county directives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UHS Virtual Walk-In

UHS is encouraging patients with concerns about a respiratory issue to seek care through our Virtual Walk-In to be evaluated prior to coming for in-person care. DO NOT delay seeking in-person care if you are struggling to breathe. The Virtual Walk-In is open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Start a visit now

Our local UHS providers can diagnose patients with colds, viral respiratory infections, influenza, or potential COVID-19. If our provider suspects you may have COVID-19, they will communicate with local public health officials and direct you how to receive further care and/or Coronavirus testing if needed. Please DO NOT delay getting a virtual evaluation.

For more information about Virtual Health, please click here.

UHS Visitation reduced with exceptions

Updated 5/10/22

UHS has reduced the number of visitors permitted at UHS Binghamton General Hospital and UHS Wilson Medical Center, with certain exceptions in place, as of Saturday April 30, 2022.

The restricted visitation is necessary for now to help prevent the spread of disease as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. UHS is committed to offering the safest and most effective care of our patients while also ensuring visitor and staff safety. 

Visitors are still required to wear masks while in our facilities.  In addition, visitors will be screened by visitor management or reception staff upon arrival. 

Screening will include:

  • In the last 10 days, have you experienced any cold- or flu-like symptoms, such as the presence of sore throat, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, diarrhea or new loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you had close contact with anyone who has been laboratory-confirmed as positive for COVID-19?
  • Are you or anyone in your household currently under quarantine or in isolation after being exposed to acquiring COVID-19?

Visitors or support persons who answer yes to any of the above questions, or who show obvious symptoms, will not be permitted to enter.

For patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, visitation will be limited to end-of -life care, patients in labor and pediatric patients. Visitors must wear protective equipment and comply with care team instructions. In certain circumstances, visitation may be approved and arranged with the care team for long-term patients with COVID-19. 

Inpatient Visitation:

  • Individuals under the age of 18 will not be permitted visitation.
  • Individuals age 70 years or older, are not encouraged to be support persons at this time due to increased risk of COVID – 19 infection.
  • Visitors are limited to one person per patient at a time unless at hospital’s discretion a limited number of additional persons is determined to be appropriate to allow at the bedside.
  • Patients for whom support persons have been determined to be essential (medically necessary), including patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and patients with cognitive impairments including dementia.
  • Visitors must wear a mask at all times. Visitors will receive education on appropriate wearing of mask and hand hygiene.

Emergency Departments, Outpatient & Inpatient Surgical Procedures and Ancillary Services such as Laboratory, Radiology, Vascular, & Cardiopulmonary

  • One visitor may be designated to accompany and support individuals in outpatient settings. This includes same day procedures. Visitor may remain with patient through the intake process and may rejoin the patient for the discharge process. Some waiting room space may be available with proper social distancing.
  • One visitor may accompany a pregnant patient for an ultrasound.

*Special rules apply for those accompanying or visiting patients in such departments as Lab, Radiology, Cardiopulmonary, Ambulatory Surgery, Emergency Department, Maternity and other areas.

Discharge of Patients

  • One individual may pick-up discharged patients at the designated Main Entrance.

Visiting Hours:

UHS Wilson Medical Center

  • Baldwin Street Entrance – 7 days per week; 10 am to 8:30 pm

UHS Binghamton General Hospital

  • Mitchell Avenue Entrance – 7 days per week; 10 am to 8:30 pm

UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital

  • Visiting hours are from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital

  • Main Entrance - Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Emergency Department Walk-In Entrance - Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Weekends 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

UHS Senior Living at Ideal

  • Visitation is open for the Adult Care, Assisted Living Facility and Skilled Nursing Facility. 
  • Appointments are no longer required.
  • Visitors are required to test negative for COVID-19 via an antigen test prior to the visit.

Primary, Pediatric and Specialty Offices

  • Persons coming to any of these areas should come alone if at all possible.  If you do require assistance, we encourage one person only to accompany the patient.
  • Do not bring someone with you if they are not feeling well.
  • If you are bringing a child in for a pediatric appointment, do not bring the youngster’s siblings if at all possible.

Behavioral Health (UHS Hospitals)

  • Visiting hours on Krembs 3 and 5 and on Memorial 5 at UHS Binghamton General Hospital are from noon to 1 p.m., and from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Individuals under the age of 18 will not be permitted visitation.
  • Visitors are limited to one person per patient at a time unless at hospital’s discretion a limited number of additional persons is determined to be appropriate to allow at the bedside.
COVID-19 Incubation Timeline

 

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COVID-19 and Antibody Test Pricing

At all UHS locations, the self pay cost for Coronavirus testing and Antibody testing is $176.72 per test. If you need financial assistance, please contact UHS customer service at (607) 770-0025 or our financial advocates directly at (607) 763-6127.

CMS CPT Listed Codes UHS Mapped Billing CPT Code Charge Amount
87635 Coronavirus Testing $176.72
86769 Coronavirus Antibody Testing $176.72
Suffering or recovering from COVID-19? This exercise may help!

Many patients who contract COVID-19 experience significant breathing problems. A very simple exercise, called the “Arm Swing Exercise” has proven to improve health and lung function if performed on a regular basis for several weeks. It is simple to do and can easily be accomplished in your own home. Please see this simple video instruction below.

Click here for an instructional printout.

Updates from NYS and National Health Organizations

New York State Dept. of Health:

NYSDOH - COVID-19

NYSDOH Coronavirus Hotline:

1-888-364-3065 

Centers for Disease Control:

CDC - COVID-19 

CDC - COVID-19: COVID-19 FAQs

World Health Organization:

WHO - COVID-19

COVID-19 Interactive Map

National Ebola Training and Education Center:

NETEC - COVID-19