On May 5th the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (or PHEIC) should end and COVID-19 is no longer a “global health emergency.” Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ended the Federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency on May 11, 2023.
With the end of the Federal Emergency, the CA Notify COVID-19 exposure notification system will no longer be available and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will no longer calculate the COVID-19 Community levels. Information on COVID-19 cases will continue to be monitored but reporting will be evolving throughout the upcoming weeks.
On May 1, 2023, the CDC updated its recommended COVID-19 vaccination guidelines. Guidance for use of Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine has been removed as the vaccine is no longer available in the United States. The CDPH has updated it’s COVID-19 Vaccine Timing schedule that reflects updated Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC guidance for updated bivalent vaccines: https://eziz.org/assets/docs/COVID19/IMM-1396.pdf
HCA's 17th Street Family Health Clinic will be identified as a vaccine provider on myturn.ca.gov. Residents will be able to call for an appointment at (800) 914-4887.
As a result of the retirement of the COVID-19 Community levels, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is also sunsetting Guidance for the Use of Face Masks and is recommending all Californians consider the following:
- Wearing a mask around others if experiencing respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, runny nose, and/or sore throat)
- If recent significant exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, wear a mask for 10 days
- When choosing to wear a mask, ensure the mask provides the best fit and filtration (respirators like N95, KN95 and KF94 are best)
In addition, wearing a mask is increasingly important for those who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, and as the risk for transmission increases in the community.
Examples of settings to consider wearing a mask include indoor areas of public transportation (airplanes, trains, buses, ferries), and transportation hubs (airports, stations, seaports), and other crowded indoor settings, especially where higher risk individuals are present.
Find CDPH’s updated Masking recommendations HERE:
Treatment & Testing:
If someone tests positive for COVID-19, there are now safe and effective treatment options available for preventing COVID-19 illness from getting serious, and they are free and widely available. Medications such as the Paxlovid pill can stop the virus from multiplying in your body, help you test negative sooner, and may lower the risk of developing long COVID symptoms. Additionally, you do not need to have insurance or US citizenship.
See updated medical coverage information in Here:
Residents should take these steps if they start feeling sick:
- Get tested for COVID-19.
- Act fast to seek COVID-19 treatment if you have symptoms – COVID-19 treatments must be taken within 5-7 days of when symptoms start to work.
- Call your health care provider or an urgent care center or connect to a free telehealth provider today by visiting www.sesamecare.com/covidca or calling (833) 686-5051.
- Isolate from others for at least 5 full days. Use the Personal Testing and Isolation Calculator to help you determine how long you should isolate.
- Tell people you recently interacted with that they may have been exposed.
- Call the statewide COVID-19 hotline if you need help with finding free COVID-19 treatment or want more information, at (833) 422-4255.