With the surge in COVID cases and the fact that an even more potent and contagious variant strain of the virus is here in California, it is more important than ever that seniors have the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.
This webpage is designed to provide you with the most up-to-date information on:
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With the surge in COVID-19 cases and long lines at testing sites, more and more people are opting to have their tests done at home. For many people, the convenience of testing at home outweigh their fears / concerns about going to in-person test sites.
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.
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:
For questions and answers on COVID-19 vaccine visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/#Questions-and-answers
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:
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.
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.
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.
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: