With approval from the New York State Department of Health, Carthage Area Hospital, Jefferson Community College, Jefferson County Public Health Service, North Country Family Health Center, River Hospital, Samaritan Medical Center and the Volunteer Transportation Center will work collaboratively to administer the COVID-19 vaccine at a Point of Dispensing (POD) clinic at Jefferson Community College.
Once vaccine availability is secured, appointments will made online and a phone number will be provided to assist those who are not able to make an appointment online.
Please visit https://co.jefferson.ny.us/departments/PublicHealth/COVID-19Vaccine#C19VAC for more information.
As River Hospital prepares to meet the needs of our community, the public is encouraged to take the necessary precautions to limit the exposure of the virus. COVID-19 is mainly spread person to person, by close proximity – within 6 feet of an infected person – or possibly by touching contaminated objects or surfaces and then touching your face.
Stay home if you are feeling sick or if you have a sick family member in the home
You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:
Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or live in or have recently traveled from an area with the ongoing spread of the virus.
Call ahead before you go the doctor’s office or emergency room. Make sure to tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
Beginning Monday March 15, River Hospital will be allowing one scheduled visitor per day 18 years of age or older to visit patients on the Acute/Swing Bed Unit, and in the Ambulatory Surgery Unit by prior arrangement with Nursing Staff. Vistation hours are from 1:00-5:00pm on the Acute/Swing Bed Unit.
Additionally, persons presenting to the Medical Office Building or Hospital for Emergency Services, or a scheduled appointment with a Provider, Laboratory or Radiology Services may be accompanied by one support person. This support person will be considered a visitor and must provide a name and contact information upon entry.
All visitors will be screened for temperatures and COVID19-related symptoms and issued masks and appropriate personal protective equipment as determined by the facility based upon CDC Guidelines and the Department of Health Recommendations. Education for visitors on appropriate hand hygiene and mask wearing will be provided.
Visitors must enter the facility using the main hospital entrance. Screener will be provided a list of scheduled visitors each day. Screener will call Acute/Swing Bed Unit to notify staff of visitor arrival. Visitor will only be permitted to go directly to the nurses’ station to sign in prior to entering the patient’s room. Visitor must stay in the patient’s room and wear their mask the entire visit. After the visit, they will sign out at the nurses’ station, and then directly leave the hospital.
A log of visitors will be maintained with the Patient Access Staff at the front entrance of the Hospital and Medical Office Building. ED visitor times will be logged by the screener. Acute/Swing Bed Unit and ASU visitor times will be logged on their respective units.
To ensure the safety of our patients, staff and visitors, River Hospital will ensure that:
Exceptions are still in effect from the initial guidance issued by the Department of Health to permit patient support persons at the patient bedside for:
We know that many members of the River Communities have questions about the current COVID-19 pandemic. And we are here for you. River Hospital has set-up a Resource Line to call with questions or concerns about COVID-19. This phone is staffed by a Registered Nurse, ready to answer your questions. The Resource Line is also an opportunity to get screened for COVID-19 to determine if a test is required.
River Hospital does not offer Rapid COVID-19 Testing. River Hospital is not a NY State Testing Site, however, for patients seeking medical care in Convenient Care and the Emergency Department we do offer testing if medically necessary. By appointment only, we are offering send-out testing for pre-operative patients of River Hospital as well as Phase II Community Residents.
If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 or testing, please call River Hospital's Resource Line at 315.482.1299
Additionally, we remind all of our patients of the existing order issued by NYS Governor Cuomo mandating that insurance companies cannot apply any patient cost sharing for telehealth services received during the Public Health Emergency. Please click the link below for more information.
River Hospital is following guidance from New York State Department of Health and has worked diligently to vaccinate our frontline health care workers and eligible community partners. We are proud to be a part of such an essential process and to be working side by side with our North Country partners toward a common goal.
New York State is determining who gets vaccinated and when, based on a priority rollout approach. Additional New Yorkers will become eligible as the vaccine supply increases. While the vaccination process is underway, every New Yorker should wear a mask, social distance and avoid small and large gatherings.
Information on the Phased Distribution of the Vaccine can be found here.
Please check this webpage regularly for updates on vaccine distribution at local hospitals, pharmacies, and other community locations.
To determine your eligibility and schedule an appointment:
To see if you are currently eligible to get the vaccine and schedule appointments at New York State run vaccination sites, visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/. You can also call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.
Now that COVID-19 vaccines are available, it’s understandable that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated. Rest assured, the vaccine is safe, effective and your best protection from COVID-19 — along with wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, and washing your hands often.
Other local partners:
Accessible by boat and car, we pride ourselves on delivering high quality inpatient care, emergency services and outpatient services for routine and diagnostic testing. River Family Health Center offers a variety of primary care services, on premise, for the entire family. Our Ambulatory Surgical Unit offers same day surgery on an outpatient basis for a number of specialties. River Hospital Convenient Care offers same day non-emergency appointments