COVID-19 Omicron Variant: Useful Information

Printable version of COVID-19 Omicron Variant: Useful Information - Updated 1/11/22

In times of great uncertainty, “not knowing” can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. To help, here are some common questions, and sources of information to answer them.

Please keep in mind that the Omicron wave is fast-paced, so the answers to these questions will change rapidly. The information sources linked from this page will be updated frequently, so please check them regularly.


Are you asymptomatic? Mount Sinai Health System is offering free asymptomatic testing for all employees. Learn more.

Do you have symptoms? Learn more about testing and how to report to Employee Health Services (EHS).

Does your loved one need to get tested? Learn more about where they can be tested.

Masks and PPE

An N95 respirator and eye protection are required for all staff during direct patient-facing encounters in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings.

Learn more about masking recommendations for both patient-facing and non-patient-facing encounters.

Visitation Policy

We have tightened our visitor policies to reduce the number of people in our clinical areas.

Learn more on visitor policy.

I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. Where can I go for help?

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed in a crisis like this. Mount Sinai has many free resources to support you.

Learn more about Mount Sinai Employee and Student Resources (PDF).

Return to Work

After you report your illness to EHS, you will probably be cleared to return to work through an automated process. On day 5 after you test positive for COVID-19 and/or begin having symptoms, you will receive an email to complete a self-assessment that will enable your safe return.

Learn more on "Return to Work" policies.