If you are experiencing a medical emergency (or think you may be), please call 911 immediately.
Boston Medical Center is here for you when you need us. However, because COVID-19 is so contagious, and many people can recover at home, we ask that patients who have COVID-19 symptoms only come to the hospital when necessary. To help you determine your next steps, the State of Massachusetts has made available a screening tool at: buoy.com/mass. This easy-to-use screening tool is based on the latest guidance from the US Centers of Disease Control and is endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This screening tool, although not medical advice itself, is useful to help you decide whether to call your primary care physician, go to the hospital, or care for yourself at home.
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Getting Tested for COVID-19
If you have a primary care physician, discuss your symptoms and potential COVID-19 exposure with them. If you have taken the online screening, talk to them about these results. They can help you figure out if you should be tested.
If you do not have a primary care provider and think you need to be tested, please see this list of COVID-19 testing locations in the City of Boston. To be tested at one of these sites, you must call and schedule an appointment before coming for testing.
Patients are reminded that since the buoy.com/mass is not a substitute for medical advice from a professional, if you are in doubt as to whether your symptoms require you to be examined, please call your primary care physician’s office and seek further guidance. Although the emergency room is available for emergencies, absent an actual emergency, the best way to be assessed for COVID-19 during this public health crisis is the above.