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: 10/28/2020, 2:00 p.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, recent research from the Mayo Clinic shows that the overall risk of COVID-19 to pregnant women is low. However, pregnant women who have COVID-19 appear more likely to develop respiratory complications requiring intensive care than women who aren’t pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, pregnant women who are Black or Hispanic appear to be disproportionately affected by infection with the COVID-19 virus. Risk factors for severe COVID-19 during pregnancy include older maternal age, a high body mass index and pre-existing diabetes or hypertension.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Breastfeeding

Community Resources and Resource Guides
  • CARES Act funding for child care vouchers
    • On July 21, 2020, LA County approved $15 million of CARES Act funding for child care vouchers to serve essential workers and low-income families until December 30th, 2020
      • Must live in LA County (see website for all other eligibility requirements)
      • Families seeking child care may apply for a voucher by completing an online application found at www.ccala.net.  For further assistance, you may call (888) 92-CHILD or (888) 922-4453
  • Los Angeles Area Resources:
    • 211 LA County: Provides health-and-safety updates, and the latest information on L.A. County “safer at home” orders, plus resources on discrimination related to COVID-19. County residents may also call 2-1-1.
    • Association of Maternal-Child Health Programs (AMCPH) – Coronavirus Disease 2019 MCH and Community Resources
    • COVID-19 Los Angeles Community Resources Guide: A dedicated group of volunteers has been compiling a list of local food, housing, health, transportation, and education resources available during the COVID-19 outbreak. The document divides these resources into a few general categories: children and youth, adults, the elderly, the undocumented community, the trans and/or queer community, the homeless community, and veterans.
    • The People’s Guide to Wealth, Health & Other Services in English and Spanish (produced by Hunger Action LA)
    • FindHelp.org: Just enter your zip code to find local programs to help you get food if you can’t afford it, bill payment assistance, and other programs that serve your area.
    • One Degree COVID-19 Resource Guide for LA County: English and Spanish
    • L.A. County Disaster Help Center
    • MLK Community Medical Group – Community Resources
    • MoveOn – Coronavirus Resource Hub
  • California Resources:
  • Coronavirus Law & Policy Resources: ChangeLab Solutions has gathered resources to help public health practitioners, lawyers, and the general public.
  • Boyle Heights Family Resource Center-Free On-Demand Online Classes (topics include fitness, health and exercise, nutrition and family activity classes)
  • FAC Transit: Book A Free Ride
    • For essential workers during COVID-19, between the hours of 7:00am and 3:00pm
    • Click on link above for more details and to request a ride
  • Western Center on Law and Poverty: Up-To-Date COVID-19 Information
  • Community Resource Center: Free, On-Demand Virtual Classes
    • From LA Care Health Plan and Promise Health Plan, this page hosts dozens of useful instructional videos. Topics are wide-ranging and include healthy cooking, fitness routines, activities for kids and older adults, mental health and beyond.
    • Many videos offered in Spanish as well
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.
    • State Medicaid and CHIP Telehealth Toolkit – Policy Considerations for States Expanding Use of Telehealth
  • 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
  • Catch Up and Get Ahead Toolkit
    • This page provides messages and graphics to help spread awareness about catching up on childhood immunizations during the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic during National Immunization Awareness Month in August. These materials are for the general public.
  • Free flu shots at LA County Public Libraries
    • Click on the link above for locations and schedules
  • City of Los Angeles and Offering USC Free Flu Shots
    • The City of Los Angeles is partnering with USC’s School of Pharmacy to kick off a pilot program to offer free flu vaccinations at various locations across the city. As the initiative develops, this website will be updated with more locations.
  • To locate a flu vaccine near you, call your doctor, go to a local pharmacy, or visit VaccineFinder.org.
  • You can receive a flu vaccination at L.A. County Public Health Clinic Community Clinics.
  • Anthem Blue Cross is providing free flu vaccinations at YMCAs in Boyle Heights, Downtown, and Crenshaw.
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 to help eligible people claim stimulus payments

  • Eligible individuals have until October 15 to file for their Economic Impact Payment (“stimulus payments”). Although the CARES Act excluded millions of immigrants and their U.S. citizen family members from stimulus payments, there are still many immigrant families who are eligible for the payments but have not claimed them. Below is a list of resources to help you spread the word and make sure that families don’t miss the upcoming deadline on October 15.
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