Guidance and resources to help keep you safe
Our goal is to keep you updated by sharing the latest COVID-19 public health information and available resources. As information is rapidly evolving, we recommend that you check back for frequent updates and stay informed by joining our email list.
Is there a treatment for COVID-19?
COVID-19 treatment now available for some high-risk patients.*
Get tested early for COVID-19 and let your doctor know as soon as possible if you are positive.
The FDA has authorized a prescription drug in pill form for treating COVID-19 in some high-risk patients. The pills are taken by mouth and work best if started within the first 5 days of symptoms.
This treatment saves lives. It is available by prescription to some high-risk patients and has shown to significantly decrease hospitalization and death. The likelihood of developing a severe COVID-19 infection increases when a person has multiple high-risk factors.
If you test positive for COVID-19, call your doctor immediately to discuss getting the medication.
*Some high-risk factors include age (risk increases after age 50), cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes, immunocompromising conditions, obesity (body mass index ≥30), pregnancy, and sickle cell disease. For a complete list of risk factors, visit the CDC's Underlying Medical Conditions Associated with High Risk for Severe COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-care/underlyingconditions.html
Community Surgery Center of Glendale strongly recommends you get a bivalent booster
COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness decreases over time.
New COVID-19 variants are being seen in California.
The vaccines protect against long-term effects of COVID-19, hospitalizations and death. Vaccine effectiveness decreases over time.
Are you eligible for the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine?
Individuals 6 months+ who had their last vaccine more than 2 months are eligible. For children under 4 years of age, please speak with your physician office for specific guidance relating to status of initial dosages already received to ensure the appropriate bivalent booster dose.
Some experts recommend waiting 4-6 months after a COVID-19 infection to get the bivalent vaccine.
For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html
What about mix-and-match boosters?
- According to the updated CDC recommendation, "Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose." This means that people can opt to receive the same vaccine type as they originally received for their booster, or one from another manufacturer
- Mix-and-match boosters may be particularly relevant to Johnson & Johnson recipients, as researchers presented preliminary results from a government study that showed people who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and later received a mRNA booster (Pfizer or Moderna) saw their antibody levels rise much higher than those who received a Johnson & Johnson booster
- You can schedule your booster through the California MyTurn portal https://myturn.ca.gov/ or get it at a local pharmacy. You do not need a doctor's note to get your booster shot.
Where can I get the COVID-19 pill?
The COVID-19 medication requires a doctor's prescription. If you're a high-risk patient with a positive COVID-19 test, call your doctor immediately. Your doctor will need to check the Department of Human and Health Services' COVID-19 therapeutics locator for availability.
Where can I get a free COVID-19 test and N-95 mask?
Free COVID-19 testing: You can find a free COVID-19 testing center by:
You also can order free at-home tests at the following: https://special.usps.com/testkit and https://special.usps.com/testkit
Free N-95 masks: Many retail pharmacies now offer free N95 masks to help combat the spread of COVID-19. These masks are considered more effective than cloth masks in protecting you and your loved ones from being infected by COVID-19 or other airborne contagious viruses.
Everyone ages 6 months and older is eligible for a primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine. The eligibility requirements for additional doses for immunocompromised people vary by COVID-19 vaccine brand. Getting vaccinated is safe, effective, and free-of-charge. Your choice to get vaccinated helps protect you and your loved ones. To find a vaccination site near you, visit myturn.ca.gov. You also can call the California COVID-19 Hotline at 1 (833) 422-4255, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 8 pm; Saturday - Sunday, 8 am - 5 pm.
Do your part to slow the spread
- Get vaccinated (including booster shot). The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and getting seriously ill from the virus and its variants, is to be fully vaccinated.
- Wear an N95, KN95 or KF94 face mask. CDC recommends that people wear these types of masks in public settings, like on public and mass transportation, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people.
- Practice social distancing. Stay 6 feet apart from others you don’t live with, even while wearing a mask.
- Avoid crowds. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often. Use soap and scrub thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.
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What to do if you have symptoms
- If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 - fever, cough, sore throat, increased phlegm - call your primary care physician (PCP) or an urgent care center.
- Do not immediately come to your PCP's office if your symptoms are mild. Instead, call the office and begin a self-quarantine.
- Only visit the ER if you experience severe respiratory conditions and have trouble breathing. It is important that we keep the ER available for emergencies. Otherwise, expect to be given instructions on self-care under home isolation.
- Older adults and people with serious underlying conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild as they seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
- If you are experiencing some emergency warning signs such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, trouble breathing, new confusion, or bluish lips or face, seek immediate medical attention or call 911.
Symptoms of coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
What to do if you are sick with COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html