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Nassau County, Mount Sinai South Nassau To Offer COVID-19 Viral & Antibody Testing in Long Beach

Posted: Jun. 18, 2020
Nassau County, Mount Sinai South Nassau To Offer COVID-19 Viral & Antibody Testing in Long Beach

Mount Sinai South Nassau is partnering with Nassau County to provide COVID-19 viral and antibody testing at the hospital’s Center for Primary Care at Long Beach (located at 761 Franklin Avenue in Long Beach).

Viral and antibody tests will be provided beginning Tuesday (6/23) by appointment twice a week on the barrier island, 9AM-1PM, Tuesday and Thursday. Those seeking a test must call to make an appointment at: 516-544-2351.

“COVID viral testing and antibody testing are two important tools in our continued effort to combat the virus. We are pleased to be able to offer both tests now on the barrier island through this partnership with Nassau County,” said Richard J. Murphy, President & CEO of Mount Sinai South Nassau, which operates the only freestanding, 9-1-1 receiving Emergency Department on Long Beach. “Our Primary Care center in Long Beach already offers comprehensive care for the entire family from physicals and wellness visits to screening for asthma and other conditions, so this is a natural extension of the services we already provide to residents of the barrier island. We thank Nassau County Executive Laura Curran for her leadership and efforts throughout the COVID pandemic to protect public health.”

“Testing remains key in our COVID-19 recovery efforts.  Nassau is proud to partner with Mount Sinai South Nassau to offer both viral and antibody COVID-19 testing Long Beach residents.  Providing local testing in high risk communities helps us to quickly identify and isolate cases and stop the transmission of the virus in its tracks.   It’s simple, the more residents we test, the more we can contain the spread of the virus to safely and promptly reopen Nassau,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.

“Our Primary Care center in Long Beach staffed by Board Certified Internists and Internal Medicine Residents and is the perfect location for this new service in Long Beach,” said Dr. Aaron Glatt, Chief of the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai South Nassau. “We already offer comprehensive care for older adolescents and all adults, including geriatric patients, from annual physicals, wellness visits, screening for underlying medical conditions and follow up care for all chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart and lung disease. We have a long history of providing care to Long Beach families at this location and we’re pleased to now be able to offer this additional service.”

COVID-19 viral testing is for patients who are currently experiencing common symptoms of COVID-19, which may include some or all the following: coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, fatigue, diarrhea, loss of smell and-or taste.

The antibody test checks your blood for antibodies, which can show if you had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19.  Antibody testing is also used to determine if a patient’s blood is suitable for donating convalescent plasma (a blood product from someone who has recovered from COVID-19). If you have developed antibodies to the virus, you may be eligible to help others by donating antibody-rich plasma at the New York Blood Center, which has established a plasma bank that hospitals can access immediately to treat patients with serious or life-threatening COVID-19 infections.

Medical researchers also believe that antibody testing could be used to return people with immunity safely to the workforce, regardless of industry or profession. It could also help reduce the rate of COVID-19 infections at nursing homes by staffing them with immune workers.

Mount Sinai South Nassau also offers antibody screening blood tests to new and existing patients at the following at the locations:

  • Mount Sinai Doctors- Baldwin Primary Care, 2280 Grand Ave., Ste 208, Baldwin, (516) 623-4800
  • Mount Sinai Doctors- Bellmore Primary Care, 2750 Merrick Rd., Bellmore, (516) 409-2000
  • Mount Sinai Doctors- Freeport Primary Care, 155 W. Merrick Rd., Ste 101, Freeport, (516) 379-3139
  • Mount Sinai Doctors- 1436 Broadway, Hewlett, (516) 360-2962
  • Mount Sinai Doctors- Hewlett Cardiovascular, 1420 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Hewlett, (516) 374-8682
  • Mount Sinai Doctors- Long Beach Cardiology & Primary Care, 325 W. Park Ave., Long Beach, (516) 432-2004
  • Mount Sinai Doctors- Lynbrook Primary Care, 185 Merrick Rd., Ste 1B, Lynbrook, (516) 887-0077
  • Mount Sinai Doctors- Oceanside Primary Care, 2965 Long Beach Rd., Oceanside, (516) 593-895
  • Mount Sinai Doctors- Oceanside Family Medicine, 196 Merrick Rd., Oceanside, (516) 255-8400

COVID-19 viral and antibody testing as well as convalescent plasma therapy are essential components of the Mount Sinai Health System’s race to defeat the coronavirus outbreak. It has established a multidisciplinary team that is testing several hundred patients a day to determine what they call an “end-to-end” diagnostics solution for COVID-19.  The approach includes diagnosis, treatment selection, and protocols for monitoring the course of the disease.

About Mount Sinai South Nassau
The Long Island flagship hospital of the Mount Sinai Health System, Mount Sinai South Nassau is designated a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for outstanding nursing care. Mount Sinai South Nassau is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 455 beds, more than 900 physicians and 3,500 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health and emergency services and operates the only Trauma Center on the South Shore of Nassau County, along with Long Island’s only free-standing Emergency Department in Long Beach.

In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, Mount Sinai South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty, and offers Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery technologies. Mount Sinai South Nassau operates the only Trauma Center on the South Shore of Nassau County verified by the American College of Surgeons as well as Long Island’s only free-standing, 9-1-1 receiving Emergency Department in Long Beach. Mount Sinai South Nassau also is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons; is an accredited center of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Association and Quality Improvement Program; and an Infectious Diseases Society of America Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence.  For more information, go to www.mountsinai.org/southnassau.