Information About Coronavirus

Coronavirus Drive-Through Testing

New York State has partnered with Stony Brook University to begin drive-through testing for the coronavirus at Stony Brook University’s South P Lot off Stony Brook Road. Residents must make advance appointments by calling 888-364-3065. Hours of operation are seven days a week, 7 am to 7 pm.

Anyone from across Long Island, not just in Suffolk, who has contacted the New York State Department of Health (DOH) at 888-364-3065 and is part of the highest-risk population as determined by DOH will be tested. Anyone who believes they’re at risk should call the DOH Hotline, 888-364-3065, and talk to experts to determine if and how they should be tested.

Walk-ins are not accepted and will not be seen.

Please note: All test results will be provided by the Department of Health. Call the DOH Hotline at 888-364-3065.

Click here for a map and directions to the testing site.

Coronavirus Patient Triage

If you think you have been exposed to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

If you require evaluation by a medical professional or have been advised by your doctor to seek urgent medical care, please go directly to Stony Brook University Hospital’s Emergency Department.

From 11 am to 11 pm, patients driving to the ED entrance will be greeted and screened while in their vehicles by one of our staff members. All patients will be evaluated by staff to determine the most appropriate care setting. This may include the main Emergency Department or the ER Field Satellite at Stony Brook University’s South P Lot. This process is designed to provide a safe and high-quality care experience for all patients seeking treatment.

If You Have Symptoms

For people who have concerns about symptoms, Stony Brook Medicine’s coronavirus phone line is also here as a resource for you:

Coronavirus Hotline
(631) 638-1320

Registered nurses are available to answer your calls from 8 am to midnight, Monday through Friday. Callers will be evaluated and directed to the appropriate healthcare setting for assistance, as needed.

Stony Brook Now Accepting Personal Protective Equipment Donations

In order to stay ahead of the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) during the current coronavirus outbreak, Stony Brook University is hosting a donation drive, accepting donations in person and via mail.

Stony Brook University will be collecting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE), which will be given to Stony Brook University Hospital. The university is currently accepting PPE donations that include face shields, N95 3M 1860 masks, protective eyewear, goggles, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and other supplies required for staff safety. The PPE will then be distributed to medical personnel to use while interacting with patients who are suspected of and confirmed with coronavirus.

To donate items, please email so that a drop-off time and location can be arranged.

Our Efforts to Address Coronavirus

In response to the spread of the coronavirus, Stony Brook Medicine clinical specialists are well prepared for and actively treating patients with coronavirus, following CDC and New York State Department of Health guidelines, including recommended isolation and infection control procedures. Here’s an update of our efforts.

  • Stony Brook Medicine’s top priority is keeping patients, staff, visitors and the community safe.
  • Our medical staff is highly trained at screening for and managing infectious diseases to limit the spread of a virus.
  • There is currently enough personal protective equipment to meet the needs of every staff member coming into contact with a patient suspected of or confirmed with coronavirus.
  • All patients with known respiratory issues are immediately provided a surgical face mask upon initial encounter and escorted into a room or treatment bay promptly. The mask provides cover over the nose and mouth to contain infectious droplets and the patient is physically separated from others.
  • Our supply chain professionals are working diligently to secure additional supplies and substitutable items.
  • Our infection prevention specialists and nursing leaders are providing necessary training and updates.
  • Supplies of individual items of personal protective equipment can be expected to become strained as the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve.
  • In anticipation of strained resources, the Stony Brook University Hospital leadership team is reviewing and will implement evidence-based alternative practices to ensure that our front-line clinical staff is appropriately protected.
  • Stony Brook University Hospital is taking the following steps to conserve masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE):
    • Widespread implementation of telemedicine options whenever possible
    • Installing physical barriers (e.g., glass or plastic windows) at reception areas to limit contact between triage personnel and potentially infectious patients
    • Limiting the number of healthcare workers entering the rooms of patients with coronavirus to essential personnel only
    • Continuing to evaluate the evolving CDC and New York State Department of Health recommended PPE guidelines
    • Constantly re-educating and updating staff as to revised guidelines on proper PPE use and the sequence on how to safely put on and remove PPE
Revised Visitor Policy

Updated March 24, 2020

New York State has declared a State of Emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

As of March 13, for the health and safety of our community, patients and families, we are no longer allowing visitation until further notice. We understand this is a challenging situation and appreciate your understanding.

During this time, please call by phone or use FaceTime, Skype or other means of communication to connect with your loved one in the hospital.

There are some limited exceptions to this “no visitation” policy:

  • Pediatrics: One parent or legal guardian is allowed.
  • Labor and Delivery/Postpartum: One spouse/partner is allowed.
  • NICU: One parent or legal guardian is allowed.
  • End of Life: Determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Outpatient Areas: Patients should be dropped off at the main entrance to the hospital. If they need assistance entering the building, they can be accompanied into the building. Visitors cannot stay. They will be called when the patient is ready to be picked up.

All approved visitors will go through our health screening process in the hospital lobby.

Coronavirus Q&A

According to the CDC, patients with the coronavirus have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure.

Please seek medical attention. Call your healthcare provider first to alert them of your recent travel history and/or symptoms. If you are a patient coming to Stony Brook University Hospital or any other healthcare facility or clinic, and have any of these symptoms, please tell the staff immediately.
Coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person to person, including close contact between people (within about 6 feet), through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or by touching objects that have the virus on it and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

It may be possible that a person can get the coronavirus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

There is no vaccine or approved anti-viral medications for treatment. To prevent the spread of this and any other infection, it is important to follow healthy habits, which include:

  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners with at least 60 percent alcohol are also effective if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to go to a healthcare provider's office.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Drink plenty of clear fluids (such as water, sports drinks and electrolyte beverages for infants) to keep from becoming dehydrated.
  • Frequently clean your living quarters.
  • Get a flu vaccine. Learn more about vaccination options in your area.

According to the CDC, healthy people do not need to wear a mask as a preventive measure. Here is guidance from the CDC on the use of masks:

  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including the coronavirus.
  • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of the coronavirus to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
  • The use of face masks is also crucial for healthcare workers and people who are taking care of someone with a confirmed case of or under investigation for the coronavirus in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).

Stony Brook is at the forefront of the response to the coronavirus, and we are actively identifying and repurposing space within Stony Brook University Hospital to safely care for patients suspected of having (PUI) and confirmed with coronavirus, including:

  • Creation of three units containing 45 beds in total for persons under investigation (PUI) of the coronavirus
  • New dedicated 16-bed unit, which will be completed shortly
  • Greatly increased capacity for overflow bed needs
  • Significantly expanding ICU and step-down bed capacity, creating new negative pressure and isolation room resources
  • The Hospital Incident Command Center team has been actively working on securing additional ventilators; we have already expanded our intensive care unit (ICU) beds by nearly 70 percent, and this number will continue to rise in the coming days.

    Stony Brook continues to evaluate the testing protocols based on the evolving New York State Department of Health recommended guidelines. At this current time, we are prioritizing our testing to include hospitalized patients with severe lower respiratory tract illness, patients who are admitted through the Emergency Department and clinical staff with signs and symptoms of coronavirus.

    While there is still much to be learned about the coronavirus, there is a fair amount of misinformation circulating about the virus. The World Health Organization has dispelled several myths related to the virus by answering questions that include:

    • Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus?
    • Is it safe to receive a letter or a package from China?
    • Can pets at home spread the new coronavirus?
    • Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus?
    • Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

    Read the full list and learn more.

    For the latest updates on the coronavirus, visit the CDC and WHO websites.


    Learn from Our Experts

    Stony Brook Medicine physicians have been in the news sharing their expertise on the coronavirus.

    Susan Donelan, MD, Medical Director of Healthcare Epidemiology at Stony Brook Medicine

    • News12
      Dr. Donelan answers frequently asked questions about the coronavirus.
    • News12
      Dr. Donelan is featured on a special coronavirus Q&A.
    • WSHU Public Radio
      Dr. Donelan discusses the do’s and don’ts for staying healthy … and where to find help when you need it.

    Bettina Fries, MD, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases

    • ESPN Radio (98.7 FM)
      Dr. Fries provides facts on coronavirus, including its effect on the world of sports.
    • LI News Radio
      Dr. Fries discusses the impact the coronavirus is having on Long Island and globally.

    Sharon Nachman MD, Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

    With the number of COVID-19 patients continuing to increase, the Della Pietra Family's dollar-for-dollar challenge for critical supplies and treatments has been extended by the Clarkson and Heintzelman Family to $750,000. Support the Coronavirus Crisis Challenge.