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1915 - Pioneer Juan Batista Suraco buried in a family graveyard, currently unmarked, in Bouquet Canyon near Benz Road [story]
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CDPHAs California faces rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations due to multiple winter respiratory viruses, the California Department of Public Health and the state’s top public health doctor reminds providers and patients that seeking and receiving COVID-19 treatment should be the new normal for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19.

Treatments help reduce the severity of COVID-19 complications, including hospitalization and death. While vaccines and boosters remain the frontline of defense against COVID-19, all Californians who test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms should seek evaluation for COVID-19 treatments, which are widely available and free statewide.

“Many of our hospitals across the state are reaching capacity, if they aren’t there already, and one of the ways we can reduce admissions is by treating individuals who have COVID-19,” said State Public Health Officer and CDPH Director Dr. Tomás J. Aragón. “Unlike previous years, people now have safe and effective treatment options that can prevent serious disease, reduce hospitalization, and may also lower the risk of long COVID-19 symptoms. Treatments provide the biggest benefits to people who are unvaccinated, but also provide benefits to people who are vaccinated or who recovered from a prior COVID-19 infection. However, COVID-19 treatments are underutilized, particularly among communities that have been hardest hit by COVID-19. As soon as someone has new symptoms such as a runny nose, cough, sore throat or fever, they should immediately test for COVID-19 and seek treatment if they are positive.”

It’s important for people who test positive for COVID-19 to immediately contact a health care provider since treatments must start within the first five to seven days after symptoms begin. Most treatments are pills that can be taken at home, such as Paxlovid, which can reduce the risk of hospitalization or death by up to 50% and 88%.

The vast majority of American adults are eligible for COVID-19 treatments, which are recommended for anyone 12 years old and older who has COVID-19 symptoms, has tested positive, and may be at higher risk for worse illness. There is a long list of conditions that may qualify someone for treatments.

Some include:

Being 50 years of age and older, regardless of any other conditions.

Being unvaccinated.

Having common conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity, smoking (past or present), asthma, mental health conditions like depression.

There are three easy ways to get treatments, regardless of health insurance or citizenship status.

Three Ways to Get Treatment:

If you have insurance, contact your doctor, urgent care center or visit a Test-to-Treat location. Some pharmacies also have COVID treatments.

If you don’t have insurance or cannot reach a provider within 24 hours, visit sesamecare.com/covidca or call 833-686-5051 to make a free phone or video appointment.

If you need help finding treatment, call the COVID-19 hotline 833-422-4255.

Additional Resources:

Top 5 Tips to Prevent Winter Viruses Fact Sheet.

COVID-19 Treatments.

Health Advisory to Providers: Reminder to Lower Barriers to Prescribing COVID-19 Therapeutics to Mitigate Impact of COVID-19.

For more information visit www.cdph.ca.gov.

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