COVID-19 Test to Treat Program

COVID-19 Test to Treat Program

May 18, 2022

Test to Treat Locations in California

The California Department of Public Health is expanding testing sites across the state to provide both testing and immediate treatment for individuals who are candidates for COVID-19 treatments. This expansion will improve access to COVID-19 treatments for uninsured Californians.

Services at OptumServe Test to Treat sites are free to uninsured individuals.

California's expansion of Test to Treat is a foundation of California's SMARTER Plan, and aligns with the federal government's Test to Treat initiative in the National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.

Test to Treat sites allow individuals to get tested, be seen by a provider, and receive prescription antiviral pills (Paxlovid or molnupiravir). Adults and children of all ages can be tested at a site.  People 12 years and older who weigh more than 88 pounds (40 kg) and have high-risk conditions may be eligible for treatment.

Accessing COVID-19 Treatments

COVID-19 treatments work best when taken soon after symptoms begin. Here is how to access outpatient COVID-19 treatments if you have symptoms:

  1. Talk to your health care provider right after you notice symptoms to learn if you qualify for a COVID-19 treatment.

  2. If you do not have a health care provider or do not hear back from your provider within a few days, visit a Test to Treat location to get rapid testing and find out if you are eligible for treatments.

  3. If you do not have insurance, visit an OptumServe location.

COVID-19 Treatments Are Not a Substitute for the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccinations remain the most effective tool in preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Vaccination appointments can be made by visiting myturn.ca.gov or calling 1-833-422-4255. The consent of a parent or legal guardian may be needed for those under age 18 to receive a vaccination. Visit Vaccinate All 58 to learn more about safe and effective vaccines available for all Californians 5 years of age and older.

 

Originally published on March 17, 2022