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COVID 19

How can we help?

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:

  • COVID Testing Sites (& Pop-up Sites)– listing of sites by cities, see below
  • Home Test Kits — how to purchase, cost, reliability?
  • Scam Alerts — beware of the latest scams
  • COVID Resources – where to find help
  • COVID Vaccines — we will post the latest updates

Please click on the TABS above.


Lista De Sitios De Prueba

OCTUBRE 2021:

Prueba En Casa

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.

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.

 

 

Alertas De Estafas

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.

Recursos De COVID

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

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.

 

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:

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