Available COVID-19 Treatments
New Yorkers who test positive for COVID-19 can now seek new treatments that help prevent severe disease. COVID-19 treatments work best when you receive them as soon as possible after becoming sick, so it's important to get tested and talk to your doctor right away to find the treatment that is best for you.
Each of these treatments have proven to be effective against COVID-19 and are available throughout New York State.
There are currently two types of treatment options available:
- Monoclonal Antibody Treatment
- Given soon after positive COVID-19 diagnosis to help fight infection and shorten recovery time, or as a preventative to be given to those who are not COVID-19 positive but who have immune system issues or who are unable to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Administration: Via intravenous (IV) drip or via injection (preventative).
- Given soon after positive COVID-19 diagnosis to help fight infection and shorten recovery time.
- Administration: Either via intravenous (IV) drip or as a tablet or capsule.
All treatments require a prescription. You should talk to your provider to see what is right for you.
If you test positive for COVID-19 and do not have a regular health care provider, you can be evaluated for treatment by either:
- calling 1-888-TREAT-NY, OR
- visiting the NYS COVID-19 ExpressCare Therapeutics Access Website
New Yorkers 12 years or older who test positive for COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms may be eligible for treatment. The FDA also recently approved the antiviral Veklury (remdesivir) for pediatric patients 28 days or older weighing at least 3 kilograms.
Monoclonal antibody treatment through IV infusion is given within 7 days of having symptoms and oral antivirals can be given within 5 days of having symptoms.
Each treatment option has its own eligibility criteria and suggested use. That's why we urge all New Yorkers to get tested as soon as symptoms come on and to reach out to their healthcare provider to seek treatment if they are positive. Your healthcare provider can determine whether you are eligible and what treatment would be best for you.
COVID-19 Treatment Hotline
New Yorkers who test positive for COVID-19, but don't have a health care provider, can call a new hotline or submit an online form to be evaluated for treatment. All New Yorkers are eligible regardless of income or health insurance coverage.
Outside of New York City:
Call 888-TREAT-NY (888-873-2869) or complete an evaluation at the NYS COVID-19 ExpressCare Therapeutics Access website.
New York City residents should call 212-COVID-19.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I have COVID-19?
The best way to know if you have COVID-19 is to be tested. Testing information can be found here: COVID-19 Testing
Do I need treatment if I am COVID-19 positive?
You and your doctor can discuss your options and decide on a treatment as needed.
I have COVID-19, which treatment option is best for me?
This depends on a number of factors including your medical history, what variant you have, and the available treatments. You should discuss all of your options with your doctor to determine which treatment is best for you.
When should I receive COVID-19 treatment?
Treatment works best when you receive it as soon as possible after becoming sick. You should get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms and talk to your doctor right away if you test positive.
Do I need a prescription for these treatments?
Yes, all current COVID-19 treatments require a prescription from your doctor.
Where do I find a treatment I am eligible for?
All treatments can be found using the COVID-19 Therapeutics Locator.