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If you have coronavirus symptoms and think you need testing, contact your healthcare provider. Local health departments and healthcare providers determine who needs testing and hospitalization on a case-by-case basis.

Many people are able to recover from COVID-19 at home.

Seek treatment by calling your doctor for a phone evaluation if:

  • you have difficulty breathing (shortness of breath)
  • you feel like symptoms (such as fever and cough) are getting worse rapidly
  • you are unable to care for symptoms at home

If you need to go to the hospital, call ahead so they can prepare for your arrival. If you need to call 911, tell the 911 operator you’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms so the ambulance provider can prepare to treat you safely.

California is expanding coronavirus testing capacity daily.

Governor Newsom announced the COVID-19 Testing Task Force, a public-private collaboration that will work with stakeholders across the state to quickly and significantly boost California’s testing capacity. The Task Force plans to scale up testing as demand increases.

During this interim period while testing is expanding, testing is being prioritized for people who:

  • have coronavirus symptoms AND
  • have one of these risk factors:
    • are hospitalized,
    • are a resident or staff of long-term health and correctional facilities OR
    • work in a healthcare facility, OR
    • are in prison OR
    • are over 60 years old, have a compromised immune system, or have serious chronic medical conditions.

To learn more about testing and treatment, see California Department of Public Health Coronavirus Updates.

The California community-based COVID-19 testing program is a state-directed, federally supported program in collaboration with Verily’s Project Baseline which will expand access to COVID-19 screening and testing for high risk individuals, in certain areas of the state. If you are in Santa Clara or San Mateo County, or within 50 miles of the city of Riverside, or the city of Sacramento and want to get tested for COVID-19, you can complete the screener to see if you qualify for testing through this program. You will need internet access and a Google account.

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