It is important to minimize the secondary health effects of this crisis. Widespread stress and anxiety regarding COVID-19, compounded by the economic distress due to lost wages, employment and financial assets can result in an increase of stress-related health conditions. The California Surgeon General has a simple guide with things you can do every day, at home, to help support your mental and physical health. For additional mental health resources and hotlines, click here.
Effectively immediately, anyone who is uninsured and meets eligibility requirements for health care coverage through Covered California can sign up through June 30, 2020. This is an important step to ensure Californians who lose coverage through an employer, or who are otherwise uninsured, have the opportunity to enroll in coverage. DHCS also announced new steps to help those eligible for Medi-Cal sign-up easily and get immediate coverage.
You can learn more by visiting:
- Visit www.CoveredCA.com.
- Get free and confidential assistance over the phone, in a variety of languages, from a certified enroller.
- Have a certified enroller call them and help for free.
- Call Covered California at (800) 300-1506.
- Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (like tissues) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
- Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you'll be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
Medicare has temporarily expanded its coverage of telehealth services to respond to COVID-19. These services help you have access from more places (including your home), with a wider range of communication tools (including smartphones), to interact with various providers (such as doctors, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers).
Donated blood has decreased dramatically. Healthy, eligible donors are urged to come out and give to ensure there’s lifesaving blood on the shelves for those who need it most. Visit the American Red Cross: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive.
Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.
- Kern County Public Health Services Department
- Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency
- San Bernardino County Department of Public Health