Statement on COVID-19 and The Floating Hospital

Last updated Wednesday, March 18th, 2020*

The Floating Hospital is undertaking service modification. Please visit the latest post for details.

The Floating Hospital’s clinics will remain open throughout NYC school closures.

The Floating Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shani Andre, and Clinical Project Manager, Linda You, have made the following statement regarding the clinic’s management of COVID-19.

If you believe that you have COVID-19, please phone ahead before coming to The Floating Hospital.


In addition to the COVID-19 statement

The Floating Hospital urges the New York public to stay safe in controlling the spread of the virus. Previously stated guidance remains relevant. Basic steps include:

Wash your hands often
Cough or sneeze into you elbow, rather than your hands
Stay at home if you’re feeling sick

Further, as of March 8th, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released the following additional guidance.

If you feel sick, do not visit family or friends who are elderly, have compromised immune systems, or chronic respiratory or coronary issues
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or disinfecting wipes

The Floating Hospital will continue to provide updates on COVID-19 as we receive them. While updates will be made on the blog, they’ll be distributed on social media as they happen.

Since 1866, The Floating Hospital is the largest provider of healthcare to homeless families. We provide free and secure transport to and from over 300 shelters and domestic violence safe houses throughout New York City.

The Floating Hospital operates a main clinic in Long Island City. Additionally, we have satellite clinics at shelters, public housing, and assessment centers throughout the city.


* Versions of this post were previously published on

•  Monday, March 9th 2020
•  Friday, March 13th, 2020
•  Sunday, March 15th, 2020

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The Floating Hospital provides high-quality healthcare to anyone who needs it regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, immigration or insurance status, or the ability to pay. By providing unrestricted medical care in tandem with health education and social support to vulnerable New York City families, The Floating Hospital aims to ensure those most in need have the ability to thrive, not just survive.


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