What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) is just one of a large family of coronaviruses.  Most members of this family cause mild cough and cold symptoms. What made COVID-19 special is that it was a new type of coronavirus for humans and spread very easily person to person. This allowed COVID-19 to move quickly across the globe. Some viruses are pretty mild, but, unfortunately, COVID-19 can cause severe illness with lung infections, as well as effects on the heart, nervous system, and kidneys.  As we have seen, it can also cause death, particularly in some groups such as people with underlying heart disease, kidney disease, obesity and problems with their immune system. Older age can also make you more vulnerable. Please check this page regularly for updated information.

Important Information

During the time COVID has been circulating, we have learned a lot about how it spreads, how it causes infection, what the infections can do, and most importantly, how to help prevent and treat the infection.

The California Department of Public Health has an excellent information page about all things COVID.  Please read up to help keep you, your family and your community safe.  (English)  (Spanish)

Testing and Treatment

For more information about testing:

For more information about treatment:

  • Note that Medi-Cal RX can mail order prescriptions. Because COVID-19 treatment needs to start quickly in order to be effective, mail ordering medication may not be an option. However, some pharmacies will do 1-2 day deliveries. Talk with your provider about whether this option is right for you.

Treatment for high-risk groups:

Some group are at higher risk of getting severe COVID-19 infections and are recom when they become infected. Some are at such high risk of getting seriously ill that they may be recommended to get preventive treatment (treatment to prevent them from getting infected). Link to these two groups are listed below.  If you are in one of these groups, talk with your healthcare provider about a COVID-19 plan.

If you are having trouble getting the information you need, reach out to your health care provider, PHC or your local health department.

​PHC’s Member Services Department is available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. You can call us at 800 863-4155

Vaccination and Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine

Visit for general vaccine information, including frequently asked questions, and please talk to your doctor with any additional questions.

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