COVID-19 Information and Resources for Home Visitors and the Families They Serve

It’s not easy to keep track of all the COVID-19 information going around, so we’ve compiled a list — a one-stop shop of resources for home visitors and the families they serve in Los Angeles County. We’ll do our best to keep it updated with new information and resources. Also see the COVID-19 resources listed by First 5 LA, the funder of L.A. County’s Family Strengthening Network.

Use these links to see the categories below:

Last Updated: 8/12/2020, 11:00 a.m. PT

Accurate, Up-to-Date Information on COVID-19

Don’t trust what your friend got from a friend on Facebook. Here are some reliable sources that are continually updated:

Around L.A. County

General

Virtual Visits and Telehealth
Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding

Encouragingly, this L.A. Times article (3/20/2020) reports that “researchers have not seen early signals suggesting an increased risk of complications or birth defects associated with pregnant women and fetuses exposed to the coronavirus.” And NPR reports: “Early research has not shown any evidence that the virus can be transmitted in utero, during delivery or through breast milk.”

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Breastfeeding

Community Resource Guides
Benefits: CalWORKs, Unemployment, and Tax Relief
Food and Nutrition Resources
Health Care and Coverage During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • LA County Department of Public Health Official COVID-19 Healthcare Provider Website
  • COVID-19 Testing and Treatment
    • The Department of Health Care Services has a new Medi-Cal program for people who are not Medi-Cal eligible (e.g. income too high) for COVID-19 testing & treatment. Click here for a FAQ sheet for this new program.
    • This coronavirus self-assessment tool uses the latest recommendations from the CDC to help you determine what to do if you think you might have symptoms of COVID-19 or may have been exposed.
    • LA County has issued new orders directing self-quarantine for anyone who has been exposed to a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 and self-isolation for anyone who has been diagnosed with or is showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Information on steps to take to self-quarantine can be found here in English and here in Spanish, as well as information on steps to take to self-isolate can be found here in English and here in Spanish.
    • Dignity Health’s Virtual Care Anywhere provides virtual urgent care for free to anyone experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Access the service at dignityhealth.org/virtualcareanywhere, by calling 855-356-8053, or by downloading the Virtual Care Anywhere app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and using the coupon code COVID19. The service is normally $35 per visit, but this will be waived for any patient who thinks they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. See the flyer here and view these FAQs.
    • FREE COVID Testing is available to LA County residents, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms. Click here to book an appointment online.
    • MLK Community Medical Group – Community Resources
  • Contact Tracing: How does it work?
    • Contact tracing is a confidential and simple process that has been used by public health departments for decades to slow the spread of infectious diseases and avoid outbreaks.
  • LA County Department of Public Health: Print Materials for Patients and Facilities
  • California Health Care Foundation: COVID-19 Resources and CHCF Grantmaking – Maternity Care
  • Health Coverage
    • Covered California is expanding its Special Enrollment Period. Effective immediately, any eligible consumer can enroll in health coverage without experiencing a qualifying life event or other special circumstance. This new policy will be in effect until June 30, 2020. Click here for their full statement and more information.
    • Are your a member of L.A. Care? Access information about tele-health visits here. Members can also call the L.A. Care Nurse Advice Line at (800) 249-3619 (TTY 711), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    • To find Health Access California’s most recent advice on care and coverage options, click here. They offer advice to all, regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status.
    • One Degree recently released their Common App to help users easily apply for Medi-Cal, CalFresh and other benefits programs.
  • Health Hotlines
    • Sansum Diabetes Research Institute: Latino Diabetes Helpline (805) 350-8730 is available to answer individual and family questions and concerns about diabetes or COVID-19 in a confidential and caring manner. This new 24/7 Helpline is staffed by experienced bilingual SDRI diabetes care experts to assist programs or individuals with diabetes or COVID-19 challenges
COVID-19 Resources and Tips for Parents and Children

Here are some practical tips for caregivers:

At-Home Learning

Mental Health Resources

(Also see the COVID-19 Resources & Tips for Parents and Children section above for more mental health resources for families.)

Resources for Domestic Violence Victims
Diabetes Resources
Resources for Renters
Resources for Immigrant and Refugee Angelenos
Resources for Health Care Professionals
Resources for L.A. County Businesses and Workers Affected by COVID-19 (including information on the new federal and California state tax filing deadlines)
Information on Price Gouging and Avoiding Scams
Resources for LA County’s Unhoused Population