Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus COVID-19

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Family Health Centers of San Diego is now offering COVID-19 testing to any individual* at one of the following COVID-19 testing locations.

Testing is available at no cost to you Monday – Friday starting at 8:30 a.m.**

In observance of Labor Day, we will be closed Monday, September 7.
**Supplies are limited. Please arrive early.
CentralGet Directions
Logan Heights Family Health Center1809 National Avenue, San Diego CA 92113
Diamond Neighborhoods Family Health Center4725 Market Street, San Diego CA 92102
EastGet Directions
Grossmont Spring Valley Family Health Center8788 Jamacha Road, Spring Valley CA 91977
SouthGet Directions
Chula Vista Family Health Center251 Landis Avenue, Chula Vista CA 91910

After you’ve been tested, results will be available in within a week. For the health of your family and community, prepare to self-isolate between when you are tested and when you receive your results.

*Pediatric testing is done in the clinic, if indicated.

For more information, call (619) 515-2300 or click here.


What face covering should I wear?

Not all face coverings are the same. Because you may spread COVID-19 without knowing you have it, it’s important that you use the correct face covering to protect everyone around you.

To learn more about acceptable face coverings, click here.

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Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses named for the crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus.

These range from viruses that cause the common cold to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The latest coronavirus is called the coronavirus (COVID-19).


Spreads through close personal contact with someone sick or exposed.

Close contact is defined as being within approximately six feet of another person.

Coronavirus COVID-19


Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Call your health care provider if you have symptoms and a fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

Coronavirus COVID-19


Prevention

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you are unable to wash your hands.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact (about six feet) with other people.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched daily, such as keyboards, doorknobs, tables, remotes or light switches. You can disinfect using diluted bleach, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol and some common household disinfectants (please check the label).

If you feel you are sick, you should:

  • Stay home to limit the spread.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Wear a face mask in public spaces.
  • Call your health care provider if you have a fever higher than 100.4 degrees.
You should notify your provider before arriving at the clinic, if possible. This will help ensure staff make the most appropriate disease control preparations.

Coronavirus COVID-19

General Facts

Q Who should get tested?

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Testing is open to everyone, even if you do not have symptoms. Consider getting tested if you:

  • Have symptoms
  • Have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • Are an essential worker
  • Live in a multifamily home
  • Have a chronic health condition, such as hypertension or diabetes

Q How do I know if I have the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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The CDC is making available a test specifically to determine whether patients have the coronavirus (COVID-19). General testing by your health care provider will not identify the novel strain.

Symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19) may appear in as few as two days, or in as many as 14 days after exposure. Symptoms can include: fever, cough and shortness of breath. Call your health care provider if you have these symptoms.

Unless your symptoms are severe, call your health care provider first, rather than showing up in the office or Emergency Room. When you call or visit, be sure to note your symptoms.

Q If I get the coronavirus (COVID-19), will I die?

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Not likely, based on what we know now. The people most likely to get seriously ill from this virus are people over 60 and those with pre-existing health conditions. Currently it is estimated that for every 100 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), between two and four people would die. This is very different from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), where nearly 10 in 100 sick people died from the illness.

Q I see people wearing masks, should I be doing that?

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Yes. Health officials in the U.S. now recommend the use of a cloth face covering when you have to leave the house. However, this is not a replacement for washing your hands with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds and not touching your eyes, nose or mouth to help prevent the spread of the virus.

A cloth face covering covers the nose and mouth and can be made from a variety of materials, including items around your house like t-shirts or towels. You can find instructions on how to make your own mask here. Make sure to wash your mask daily, and leave the medical-grade disposable masks to the doctors and nurses helping sick patients.

Q How can I protect myself if I am over the age of 60?

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If you are over the age of 60, stay home as much as possible, avoid crowds and non-essential travel.

To prevent the coronavirus (COVID-19), you should:

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you are unable to wash your hands.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact (about six feet) with other people.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched daily, such as keyboards, doorknobs, tables, remotes or light switches. You can disinfect using diluted bleach, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol and some common household disinfectants (please check the label).

To prepare for staying at home, you should also:

  • Contact your health care provider to ask about getting extra necessary medications.
  • Consider mail-order for medications if you cannot get extra.
  • Make sure you have over-the-counter medicines and tissues at home.
  • Have your groceries delivered or brought to your home by family or friends.

Q How can I protect myself if I am pregnant?

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Since there is no vaccine or medication, the best way to prevent the coronavirus (COVID-19) is to avoid being exposed to it.

You can protect yourself the following ways:

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you are unable to wash your hands.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact (about six feet) with other people.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched daily, such as keyboards, doorknobs, tables, remotes or light switches. You can disinfect using diluted bleach, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol and some common household disinfectants (please check the label).

If you feel you are sick, you should:

  • Stay home to limit the spread.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Wear a face mask in public spaces.
  • If you have a fever higher than 100.4 degrees, go to the emergency room.

If you feel you are sick, and you go into labor, you should notify your provider before arriving at the hospital if possible. This will help ensure staff make the most appropriate disease control preparations and support a safe, healthy delivery for you and your baby.

Q What precautions has FHCSD taken to keep patients healthy?

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  • Clinics have increased sanitization practices.
  • Patients are pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the clinic.
  • No patients will be turned away, regardless of symptoms.
  • FHCSD is now offering telehealth appointments.
  • Mental health and substance use counseling are available through telehealth visits.
  • COVID-19 testing is being completed at FHCSD.

For more information, view our full safety measures.

Do's and Don'ts:

Do:

Stay home

Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

If soap and water aren’t available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Contact your doctor if you are feeling sick

Don’t:

Shake hands

Touch your face

Stockpile masks or gloves

For the most current updates:

Please visit the CDC or San Diego County websites or text COSD COVID19 to 468-311 to get text alerts from the County.

If you would like to speak to your provider, call (619) 515-2300.

Resources:

Please continue to check back as this section will be updated as we receive additional information. 
Source: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

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