Resources, assistance and what you need to know about the novel coronavirus
What to Do If You Were Exposed to COVID-19
If you were exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 or have been told by a healthcare provider or public health authority that you were exposed, there are steps that you should take, regardless of your vaccination status or if you have had a previous infection. Learn more from the CDC.
If you have COVID-19, you can spread the virus to others. Regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others. You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results. If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days. Learn more from the CDC about isolation and precautions.
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.
NO-COST OVER-THE-COUNTER RAPID TEST KITS
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 or L.A. Care’s mail order 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.