COVID-19

Union Workers

1 Q: Are the Health Centers offering testing for the Coronavirus?

A: Yes. However, the Health Centers have a limited supply of test kits, and we expect our supply will increase each day. Because of the test kit nation-wide shortage, the health centers are rationing them so they are available for those who need them most. Qualified medical personnel will make the decision to test people who are displaying symptoms or deemed at risk. Only HTC-represented workers (and their dependents) who are enrolled in the Industry-Wide Health Benefit Plan are eligible to be tested at the Health Centers.

If you believe you need a test call one of the health fund’s Coronavirus hotline numbers to be evaluated by a nurse over the phone. These are those numbers:

If you are healthy, do not go to the health centers. We need to keep doctors available for anyone who may become sick. Also, avoiding unnecessary visits to the health centers reduces your chance of exposure.

2 Q: When will the Health Centers have anti-body tests?

A: As soon as anti-body tests became available, the Industry-Wide Benefits Funds ordered anti-body tests for our Health Centers. However, we discovered that companies were offering antibody tests that did not have FDA approval in NYS.  Additionally, many of the available tests are not accurate, resulting in a high number of false readings.

Finally, and perhaps most important, the medical community has called into question whether the presence of anti-bodies provides protection and immunity to the Coronavirus.

Currently, the Funds is waiting for the Federal government and medical community to determine which tests are the most accurate and the significance of having antibodies.

3 Q: I am a member on UHH Plan 100 or Plan 105, can I get tested for the coronavirus?

A: For any HTC-represented workers and their families who are covered under UNITE HERE HEALTH Plan 100, Plan 105, or Plan 400, COVID-19 testing fees and co-pays are being waived. In addition, any medically necessary testing is covered at no cost to you. This means you won’t have to pay out of pocket for any testing that your doctor orders related to the Coronavirus. Plus, if your doctor is in-network and offers phone or video appointments, they are covered at 100%. For more information, you can contact UNITE HERE HEALTH at: 866-261-5676.

4 Q: What should I do if I find out that a guest or employee at the hotel has the Coronavirus?

A: You should immediately inform management and union representatives. You can call (212) 245-8100 and select option #1. Your call will be returned as quickly as possible.

5 Q: Is there a number I can call for more information on the Coronavirus?
A: Yes. Our Industry Wide Benefit Funds have set up special phone numbers, staffed Monday thru Friday 9:00 AM ­­ - 5:00 PM at the Health Centers to answer questions about the Coronavirus outbreak. These hotlines are available to all HTC-represented workers regardless of whether or not they are covered by the Industry Wide Health Care Plan.

Hotlines:

Weekend and After Hours:

  • HTC-represented workers who are part of the Industry Wide Health Care Plan can call the Empire Nurse hotline at 1-877-825-5276.
  • HTC-represented workers who are covered by the Unite-Here Health Plan 100 and Plan 105 can call 1-800-222-1222.
  • HTC-represented workers who are covered by the Unite-Here Health Plan 100 and Plan 105 can register for and download the Teladoc app to contact a health provider anytime by going to https://www.teladoc.com/

Click here for more information, including Health Alerts and Fact Sheets, on the Employee Benefit Funds website.

6 Q: Where can I get tested for the Coronavirus in New York State and in New York City?

A: Free testing from New York State is now available to New Yorkers statewide. You can make an appointment to be tested for COVID-19 at one of the Department of Health’s drive through or walk-in testing sites by calling the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or searching for a testing center online.

Please note, that there is no charge to be tested at test sites that are run by New York State. If you go to a test site that is operated by a local government, or private companies such as pharmacies or not-for-profit organizations, you should check with the testing site and your insurer before you get tested to confirm that you will not have to pay any fees for your test. To find out if a testing center is run by New York State, call 1-888-364-3065.

For New York City Residents:

The New York City Department of Health has made free COVID-19 testing and antibody testing available for all New York City residents, whether or not they have symptoms. Testing is available regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage.

To find a COVID-19 test site near you call 311 or click here.

To find an antibody test site near you, click here.

7 Q: Where can I get a face mask in New York City? 

A: New York City continues to distribute face masks in parks, grocery stores, NY City Housing Authority buildings, some Mitchell-Lama buildings, Department of Education "Grab & Go" meal sites, and during social distancing enforcement. To get updated information on face mask distribution, click here.

8 Q: Where can I get tested for the Coronavirus In New Jersey?

A: For members in New Jersey, there are over 250 testing sites available throughout the state. Restrictions, cost, and the availability of antibody testing varies based on the location. If you would like to look for a location near you, click here or call 211.

Free and low-cost testing is available at Community Health Centers, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage.

For more information on FQHCs, click here 

To search for a FQHC near you, click here or call 211.

Non-Union Workers

1 Q: Where can I get tested for the Coronavirus in New York State and in New York City?

A: Free testing from New York State is now available to New Yorkers statewide. You can make an appointment to be tested for COVID-19 at one of the Department of Health’s drive through or walk-in testing sites by calling the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or searching for a testing center online.

Please note, that there is no charge to be tested at test sites that are run by New York State. If you go to a test site that is operated by a local government, or private companies such as pharmacies or not-for-profit organizations, you should check with the testing site and your insurer before you get tested to confirm that you will not have to pay any fees for your test. To find out if a testing center is run by New York State, call 1-888-364-3065.

For New York City Residents:

The New York City Department of Health has made free COVID-19 testing and antibody testing available for all New York City residents, whether or not they have symptoms. Testing is available regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage.

To find a COVID-19 test site near you call 311 or click here.

To find an antibody test site near you, click here.

2 Q: Where can I get a face mask in New York City?
A:
New York City continues to distribute face masks in parks, grocery stores, NY City Housing Authority buildings, some Mitchell-Lama buildings, Department of Education "Grab & Go" meal sites, and during social distancing enforcement. To get updated information on face mask distribution, click here.

Q: Where can I get tested for the Coronavirus In New Jersey?

A: For members in New Jersey, there are over 250 testing sites available throughout the state. Restrictions, cost, and the availability of antibody testing varies based on the location. If you would like to look for a location near you, click here or call 211.

Free and low-cost testing is available at Community Health Centers, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage.

For more information on FQHCs, click here

To search for a FQHC near you, click here or call 211.

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