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COVID 19

Monterey County Health Department Launches Updated Covid-19 Data Dashboard Click Here

Monterey County Health Department Launches Updated Covid-19 Data Dashboard Click Here


TEST SITES LISTING

COVID-19 Testing Sites in Monterey County: 

  • BY LOCATION June 6, 2022:Testing Links
  • NOTE:  Please bring:  1) photo ID and 2) health insurance card. 

 

 


 

HOME TEST KITS

15-MINUTES COVID-19 HOME TEST KIT– NOW AT YOUR LOCAL DRUGSTORES

Good news — if you need a rapid COVID test for travel, work or to attend an event, the FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorization for the Binax Now COVID test kit, see details below. The kit is now sold in retail stores throughout the U.S. NOTE: This is a self-administered nose swab test you perform in the comfort of your home. No lab visits — results are available in 15 minutes.

  • Product: BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test (kit has 2 self-administered test strips).  For accuracy, two tests will need to be taken within 3 days (or 36 hours apart).
  • ManufacturerAbbott Laboratories
  • Results: 15 minutes. No labs. Similar to a pregnancy test.
  • Effectiveness: CDC reports that the test had a “sensitivity of 64.2% for specimens from symptomatic persons and 35.8% for specimens from asymptomatic persons, with near 100% specificity in specimens from both groups”.
  • For VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS on how to use the product:  click here or here.

COST:  

  • CVS ($23.99) – online or in store
  • Walgreens ($23.99) – online or in store
  • Walmart ($19.88) – online or in store

NOTE: The Alliance on Aging is providing the public with information about this product in order to assist people with options for finding COVID testing. We do NOT endorse, sell, or profit from this product, nor are we associated with the manufacturer in any way.

LISTING OF HOME TEST KITS: Click here

Our home test kit listing will provide you with the most up-to-date info on the types of tests available, their cost, results timeframe (some in as little as  12-hours!) and instructions on how to purchase online and what to expect.

Besides Amazon, Costco, Safeway, Quest Diagnostics, the list has info on FDA authorized test approved for travel to Hawaii and Bermuda.

The list will be updated as new information becomes available.

NOTE:  For seniors considering Home Test kits, this listing will help you understand the options available.  The list does not endorse any particular product as a matter of policy.  All kits listed are FDA authorized.

Please click here for the home COVID test kit.

 

 

SCAMS ALERTS

COVID-19 VACCINE SCAM:

Beware of scam robocalls, texts, phony emails  and social media sites offering early vaccines.  Some crooks on the WhatsApp social media platform have promoted a “vaccine” package for $79.00 for persons interested in avoid long lines.  NOTE: The only way to access Pfizer’s or Moderna’s vaccine is through a government-authorized vaccination site.

 Vaccine scam prevention tips:

  • Do not pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine
  • Do not pay for early access to the vaccine
  • Do not give out your social security number or credit card numbers
  • Ignore any vaccine officers that ask for your personal or financial information

For questions and answers on COVID-19 vaccine visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/#Questions-and-answers

Contact Tracing Scam

Scammers impersonating as contact tracers and are calling potential victims, sending web links and text messages about fictitious COVID-19 cases and asking for social security numbers, financial and other sensitive info NOT required for contact tracing.  For more info, click here.  Recent scams:

  • Fake COVID-19 testing letter that appears to come from the state. The letter states that people must be tested for COVID-19 or lose access to their benefits. The letter asks people to visit a (fake) website to provide personal info.
  • Beware of door-to-door solicitors selling test kits, and robocalls about “special virus kits” that ask for your Medicare number to send a “free” test.
  • Watch for fraudulent emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control or other experts saying they have cures for covid.
  • For updates on the latest scams, click here. If you are concerned that you might be a victim of a scam, click here.

 

  • Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic,  201 9th St., Marina, CA.
  • To schedule an appointment, please call (650) 496-2535.  Monday – Friday between 8AM- 6PM.
  • Updated vaccine info at:  click here.

COVID RESOURCES

COVID VACCINE PRESENTATION:  SPANISH 

(Spanish Only):  if you missed our Feb 2 (2:00-3:30 pm) Zoom workshop on the effectiveness of Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines, here is your opportunity to view the recording.  It is available Click here .  For the PowerPoint presentation in Spanish, Click here.

(NEW):  COVID AND MENTAL HEALTH

Did you know that calls to the Suicide Prevention Hotline have skyrocketed during the pandemic?  Sad, but true.  The Monterey Herald recently profiled the MENTAL HEALTH crisis affecting teens, adults and seniors in our county during COVID.

  •  If you are an older adult (55 and above) and  feeling lonely, hopeless and worried during the pandemic, you are NOT ALONE!  Alliance on Aging’s Senior Peer Counseling Program can help you.
  • AOA’s counselors can provide you with tips and strategies for coping with isolation, anxiety and depression.  CLICK HERE for more info.
  • CLICK HERE to read the outstanding Monterey Herald article on mental health crisis.

CONFIDENTIAL HOTLINE: FOR FARMER WORKERS & FAMILY

The Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office has recently set up a 24 hour confidential hotline for farm workers and their families to report safety issues relating to COVID-19 and wildfire smoke challenge for the “essential” labor force.

The hotline is the first of its kind in California and is spearheaded by Supervisor Luis Alejo.

  • Hotline:  (831) 809-2394 (bilingual) 24hr, 7 days a week
  • Issues:  safety issues such as the availability of masks and other protective measures, the application of pesticide and more.

 COVID Hotlines (Scheduling Appointments by phone):

  • State of CA: (833) 422-4255 (in multiple languages).
  • Monterey County:  2-1-1
  • Nationwide: 1-800-232-0233 or TTY 888-720-7489

MEDICARE TO COVER COVID-19 TESTS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that Medicare will cover coronavirus testing.  All COVID-19 tests ordered by your doctor or health care provider will be covered under Medicare Part B as a diagnostic laboratory test and there will be no out-of-pocket costs. Coverage can be back dated to February 4, 2020.

 

(NEW) COVID-19–LEGAL HOTLINE ON REPLACEMENT INCOME AND JOB PROTECTED LEAVE

The California Rural Legal Assistance is offering a new free and confidential hotline that is providing legal consultation on: 1) COVID-19 and a worker’s rights at work; 2) how to get paid and unpaid time off if affected by COVID-19; and 3) unemployment benefits and other wage replacement options.  Hotline phone number is 1-800-357-9513.

 

HEALTH:  COVID-19 AND SENIORS

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a warning for older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease) who are at a higher risk of getting very sick from Coronavirus COVID-19.  The virus is spreading easily and is sustainable in the community.  For additional information about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, here are some useful information:

COVID VACCINES

June 6, 2022:

COVID Updates 

COVID-19 “DIGITIAL” VACCINE CARD 

If you misplaced your COVID-19 vaccine card–not to worry–you can now access your card digitally via the California Department of Public Health’s new digital vaccine record site.

Your digital vaccination card will show the following information (same as the paper version):  name, date of birth, date of vaccinations, and vaccine manufacturer, and a QR code readable by a QR scanner.

  • To access your digital COVID-19 vaccine card, go to: https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov.
  • Enter your name, date of birth and the email or mobile phone number associated with your vaccination record.
  • You will then create a four-digit PIN, which is used to access a link to your record.

The digital card serves as a convenient backup to the paper card.  Just use your phone to access your digital card or place the QR code at the QR scanner.

NOTE:  If you received your vaccinations from a federal agency (e.g., Department of Defense, Indian Health Services, or Veterans Affairs), you will need to reach out to those agencies for assistance with your vaccination record.

COVID Vaccination 

 

COVID VACCINATION FOR HOMEBOUND INDIVIDUALS

Good news!  VNA (located in Monterey, CA) is now providing COVID vaccinations for homebound individuals who are unable to visit a vaccine site.

To access the service:

  • Call (for an appointment):  831-648-3777 (VNA) or the California COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255
  • Online Registration:  MyTurn (https:/myturn.ca.gov/)
  • Vaccine:  Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • For more info, click here for ENGLISH or SPANISH.

WALK-IN COVID VACCINES: CVS & LUCKY

To encourage people to get vaccinated, CVS and LUCKY are offering COVID vaccines on a walk-in basis. No appointment needed. To guarantee that you will get your vaccine when you visit, go to their online websites to check availability. CVS and LUCKY will also take appointments via phone. Please call your local pharmacy since individual store policies may differ.

 

COVID (CALL IN) HOTLINE FOR APPOINTMENTS

The State of CA has launched a new COVID hotline (phone call-in) to assist persons with scheduling COVID appointments.  For persons who do not have access to computers or unable to use or navigate online appointment registration, this is a game changer.  A “live” person will assist caller with registering for vaccine appointments using the State’s MyTurn (https://myturn.ca.gov/) COVID registration site.

  • COVID HOTLINE:  (833) 422-4255 (in multiple languages).
  • INSTRUCTIONS:  There are (7) menu options.  Click on Option #1 or #2 for COVID assistance.
  • HOURS:  M-Sat (8am – 8pm); Sun (8am – 5pm)

MyTurn is the one-stop shop for vaccine eligibility and appointments in your local area.

ONLINE:  “MyTurn” CALIFORNIA’S COVID VACCINE REGISTRATION SITE 

California’s ONLINE COVID registration site called MyTurn (https://myturn.ca.gov/) is now available in 12 languages.

  • They are:  English, Spanish, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, and Tagalog.

MyTurn is the one-stop shop for vaccine eligibility and appointments in your local area.  Once you register at MyTurn, the site will automatically notify you of your eligibility and can  schedule your vaccine appointments.

 

 

FAQ

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEED FOR A BOOSTER?

A Pfizer or Moderna booster dose is recommended if you: 

    • Received your second dose at least six months ago, and
    • Are age 18+ and are at risk of COVID-19 exposure
    • A Johnson & Johnson booster dose is recommended if you:
    • Received your first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago, and are 18 or older