IMPORTANT: Are you enrolled in Medi-Cal? Has your contact information changed in the past two years? Give your county office your updated contact information so you can stay enrolled. Go to benefitscal.com or call the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services at 1-866-613-3777

COVID-19

COVID-19

Resources, assistance and what you need to know about the novel coronavirus

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY-WIDE ALERT: Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, Los Angeles County is now in the medium COVID-19 surge tier.

LA County DPH strongly recommends that we all wear a well fitted mask such as a N95, KN95 or KF 94 in indoor settings.

If you are interested in learning more about the best masks for you and your loved ones, then please  access this webpage.

To learn more about the current and future COVID-19 surge status in Los Angeles County then please access this webpage.

Access to COVID-19 Therapeutics is Now Available Through “Test to Treat” Program

COVID-19 therapeutics are oral anti-viral medications that can help prevent serious illness, hospitalization or death in individuals at elevated risk for poor outcomes should they get infected with COVID-19.

Through the Federal government’s recently-launched “Test to Treat” program, eligible patients can walk into a limited number of local pharmacies and clinics to get tested and treated on the same visit. A limited number of CVS Minute Clinics in L.A. County are currently participating and can be found here.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have questions on which treatment is right for you, please contact your medical provider or call the L.A. County COVID-19 information line at 833-540-0473, 8:00 am - 8:30 pm daily. You can also visit the Federal therapeutics locator to find available therapeutics near you.

For more information on available COVID-19 therapeutics, please visit the County’s Medicine to Treat and Prevent COVID-19 page.

Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Rapid Tests Now Available at No Cost

Medi-Cal beneficiaries may obtain up to eight (8) over-the-counter COVID-19 rapid antigen tests per month at no cost through pharmacies enrolled as Medi-Cal providers.

L.A. Care members in our commercial L.A. Care Covered ™ Plans and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan may obtain up to eight (8) over-the-counter COVID-19 rapid antigen tests per month at no cost, either through an L.A. Care network pharmacy.

Medicare will cover up to eight (8) over-the-counter COVID-19 rapid antigen tests per month at no cost, through participating pharmacies for Cal MediConnect (CMC) members. Please visit the Medicare website for a partial list of participating pharmacies. CMC members can also use their quarterly $125 Over-the-Counter (OTC) benefit allowance to purchase FDA-approved COVID-19 rapid antigen tests online at Walmart.com or in-store at participating retailers.

All U.S. households can order an over-the-counter COVID-19 rapid antigen test from the federal government at COVIDtests.gov at no cost.

Visit our rapid test information page for details..

Read our vaccine FAQs for detailed information.

Get vaccinated!

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccines 

Information changes quickly. We're sharing updates to help us all keep up with the latest.
 

What to Do if You Are Sick

Learn the symptoms of COVID-19, and what you should do if you are feeling sick.

 

 

ACCESS YOUR DIGITAL COVID-19 VACCINE RECORDS

To obtain your or your child’s digital COVID-19 vaccine record, visit the California Department of Public Health’s digital COVID-19 vaccine record portal.

Enter a few details, including name, date of birth and phone number or email address, to receive a link to a QR code and digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record. If you want to share your proof of vaccination, you can use either the electronic version you’ll get from the portal or the card you were given at time of vaccination.

If you are a parent or guardian and have multiple vaccine records associated with a single mobile phone number or email address, enter each digital vaccine record request separately.

Two additional ways to obtain your record:

Healthvana: Everyone who got vaccinated at an L.A. County site should have received an email and text from Healthvana to download their vaccination record onto their Apple Wallet or Google Wallet.

Carbon Health: Only people who got vaccinated at a Carbon Health site should have gotten a text message with a link to a digital “Health Pass.”

L.A. Care Community Link logo

Everyone continues to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you need help with food, unemployment, or other issues, L.A. Care Community Link can show you services near you.

Enter your zip code at L.A. Care Community Link and select "search". When you're on the resources page, enter "covid19" in the search bar at the top.

You will see related services and help from many different community-based organizations and government agencies.

Go to L.A. Care Community Link

 

 

SCAM ALERT: DON'T PAY FOR VACCINE PROMISES

scam prevention flier With COVID-19 vaccines in the pipeline, so are scammers.

The Federal Trade Commission and the National Association of Attorneys General are alerting the public about COVID-19 vaccine scams.

What do you need to know to avoid a COVID-19 vaccine-related scam?

Here are the facts:

  • You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine. 
  • You can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine.
  • Nobody legit will call about the vaccine and ask for your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number.

Learn more tips on recognizing and avoiding COVID-19 vaccine scams, and how to report them.

More on this & COVID-19 fraud

 

ADDITIONAL HELP

AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM

The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more. It is replacing the Emergency Broadband Benefit.

Who Is Eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program?

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines; or
  • Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline;
  • Participates in Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations;
  • Is approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income program.

Two Steps to Enroll

1. Go to ACPBenefit.org to submit an application or print out a mail-in application.
2. Contact your preferred participating provider to select a plan and have the discount applied to your bill.

Some providers may have an alternative application that they will ask you to complete.

Eligible households must both apply for the program and contact a participating provider to select a service plan.

 

More Food Resources

DPSS Benefits Info

Need Health Coverage?

You may be eligible for Medi-Cal. Learn about benefits and apply today.

Resources for L.A. Care Members

Have questions about getting care? We're here to help you with services and costs during COVID-19.

 

L.A. COUNTY HOME TEST KIT STILL AVAILABLE

at no-cost to you

The LA County Home Test Collection Program is a partnership with Fulgent Genetics that offers an option to certain residents — those who have COVID-19 symptoms or who were possibly exposed to COVID-19 — to receive a free at-home nasal swab COVID-19 test.

You must meet certain program criteria to receive a kit. You also need to take the test as soon at it arrives at your home.

If you are interested, please go to the Los Angeles County Home Test Collection web page for details and sign-up information.

DON'T FORGET SELF-CARE!

COVID-19 has put all of us under a lot of stress. Some will feel worry, sadness and loneliness.


CalHope program logoThere are many services here to help anyone who feels stressed, anxious or lonely. CalHOPE is one — a free, crisis counseling, peer support call line (1.833.317.HOPE) to talk you through your struggles.


We're all having to change the way we do things. It's been challenging to our spirits, and can wear us down. L.A. Care Behavioral Health Director Dr. Michael Brodsky talked to KNX News about our pandemic fatigue.

 

L.A. Care offers more information and resources to help you take care of your mind and spirit, as well as your body.

Go to Self-Care & Coping

How to Protect Yourself

Understand the importance of social distancing. Know the public health orders in place for all Angelenos.
 

How You Can Help

Want to help others in your community? There are ways to participate in the fight against COVID-19 or support those in need.

 

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has a tip line to report any violations of the safety protocols outlined in the Health Officer Order. Violations can be reported anonymously at 888-700-9995 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., excluding holidays. To report violations online, visit www.publichealth.lacounty.gov. Public Health will take action and issue citations for violations, and repeat violations may result in business closure.

SEE HOW YOUR HEALTH PLAN IS RESPONDING TO COVID-19

L.A. Care is working hard to provide immediate relief to our Los Angeles County community. Read about our efforts to support health care providers and local organizations.

L.A. Care COVID-19 Response Efforts