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Coronavirus COVID-19

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We are offering COVID-19 vaccination appointments to anyone five years of age or older who lives or works in San Diego County.

To schedule your vaccine appointment, call (619) 515-2474.
Appointments are preferred, but some clinics have limited walk-in capacity.

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Staff Vaccination

All staff wear a name badge, with their name and position, so you know who is caring for you. Vaccinated staff also wear a vaccination badge to let you know they are fully vaccinated against COVID. The few unvaccinated staff are tested weekly. All staff must wear masks at all times.

If you are uncomfortable interacting with an unvaccinated employee, please request a vaccinated staff person to care for you.

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We offer no-cost COVID-19 testing to our patients and the public at the following outdoor testing locations:

Dates and locations are subject to change.

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

If you tested positive and want more information on treatment options, click here.


What face covering should I wear?

Not all face coverings are the same. Even after you are vaccinated, it’s important that you use the correct face covering in public settings to protect everyone around you.

To learn more about acceptable face coverings, click here.

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Fact vs. Fiction

How do you know what’s true with so much information available? Watch a panel of medical experts discuss what you need to know about COVID-19.


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).

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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

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Symptoms

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Coronavirus COVID-19

Seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray or blue-colored skin, lips or nail beds

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).

Coronavirus COVID-19


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.

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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 If I get COVID-19, will I die?

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For every 100 cases of COVID-19, between two and four people die. The people most likely to get seriously ill from this virus are people over 60 and those with pre-existing health conditions. There are also now treatment options which can help reduce the severity of the disease. However, you should still take precautions regardless of your age or health status.

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

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Yes. Health officials in the U.S. 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 Is there a way for me to find out if I’ve been in contact with someone with COVID-19?

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Californians can opt-in to CA Notify to receive COVID-19 notifications informing them if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus.

For more information, click here.

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 protect yourself from COVID-19, you should:

  • Get vaccinated!
  • Wear a mask.
  • 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 and limit interactions with people outside of your household
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and things you touch often. 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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You can protect yourself the following ways:

  • Get vaccinated!
  • Wear a mask.
  • 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 and limit interactions with people outside of your household
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and things you touch often. 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 offers telehealth appointments for non-emergency care.
  • Mental health and substance use counseling are also available through telehealth visits.
  • COVID-19 testing is being completed at FHCSD.

For more information, view our full safety measures.

Q My mental health has been suffering. What can I do to improve it?

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It may seem like a lot is out of your control right now, and you may feel worried, angry or have difficulty concentrating or sleeping. However, there are still things you can do support your overall well-being.

  • Speak with a mental health professional.
  • Take care of your body.
  • Stay connected to loved ones.
  • Limit time spent on news.
  • Set boundaries.
  • Keep a daily routine and include time to relax.
  • Manage your stress.

For more information, click here.

Omicron Variant

Q What do we know about the Omicron variant?

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We are still learning about the new variant, including how it spreads and infects individuals, as well as how it responds to vaccines. Here is what we know:

  • New variants will continue to evolve as long as there are large groups of unvaccinated people.
  • This new variant has many mutations. Some of the mutations are concerning to scientists because they are very different from other variants previously detected, and some are similar.
  • We do not know at this time if this new variant causes more severe COVID-19 illness than other variants or how it might impact response to treatment.

Q What is California doing in response to the new Omicron variant?

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To prepare for this variant’s arrival to the United States and California, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is doing the following:

  • Monitoring for the presence of the variant in California through COVIDNet. This is a public-private partnership that helps us understand and control the spread of COVID-19. COVIDNet gives us the ability to detect variants early.
  • Partnering with the CDC to gather information and expertise to help the public, local public health departments and health care providers.
  • Preparing to increase COVID-19 testing at airports across California.
  • Focusing on COVID-19 vaccination and booster efforts to ensure that all Californians have access to safe, effective and free vaccines that can prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19.

It’s not too late for anyone eligible to get vaccinated or boosted to protect themselves and others against COVID-19.

Q What can I do to protect myself from the Omicron variant?

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To help slow the spread of COVID-19, including the Omicron variant, you should:

Get Vaccinated

All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in California are safe and effective at preventing serious illness from COVID-19 and will protect you and those you love.

Anyone five years of age or older who lives or works in San Diego County can schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments at any one of our vaccination sites. Additionally, anyone over the age of 18 who completed the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series more than six months ago or had a J&J vaccine more than two months ago is now eligible for a booster.

To schedule your vaccine or booster appointment, call (619) 515-2474.

Wear Masks

CDPH highly recommends everyone wear masks in indoor public places (such as grocery stores and movie theaters), regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required in indoor public places for everyone who is not fully vaccinated.

Everyone must wear a mask on public transit (airports, planes, trains, buses, stations) and in health care settings, K-12 schools, childcare settings, correctional facilities, cooling centers and shelters.

To learn more about masking recommendations, click here.

Get Tested

Get tested for COVID-19 if you are feeling any symptoms—regardless of your vaccination status. COVID-19 symptoms can feel like a common cold (including just “the sniffles”), seasonal allergies or flu.

We offer no-cost COVID-19 testing to our patients and the public at several outdoor testing locations.

Stay Home if Sick

To learn more about the Omicron variant, visit the CDPH website.

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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