Coronavirus Update

April 3, 2020

We continue to monitor the latest guidance from the L.A. County Department of Public Health and the California State Government about COVID-19.

Our priority is to keep you and our community safe and healthy. As you are all aware, public health recommendations for the current COVID-19 outbreak in Los Angeles County are changing every day (sometimes more frequently).
 

APLA HEALTH SERVICES

New: Updated schedule through April 10

Based on the recommendations of APLA Health’s medical team — as informed by the CDC, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and other authorities — effective through Friday, April 10:

Critical APLA Health services remain open to serve patients and clients. For phone numbers and hours, see below. Critical APLA Health services include:

  • Medical — all sites (only services that can’t safely be postponed)
  • Dental — Wilshire Dental Clinic only (emergencies only)
  • Behavioral Health Services — all sites (services via telephone/telehealth only)
  • Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries — all sites
  • Emergency Housing — David Geffen Center only
  • Medical Transportation Services — David Geffen Center
  • HIV testing and STD screenings limited to individuals with high risk exposure or who are symptomatic
  • PrEP and PEP services are available. For more information call 323.359.0846.

All other APLA Health services and programs will remain closed at this time.

PHARMACY SERVICES

Our number one priority is helping you stay healthy and on your medications. We recommend that all patients have a 30-day supply of critical medications. Please contact your Health Center, and we will make sure that one of our partner pharmacies will deliver or mail you your prescriptions if you can’t or don’t want to pick them up at your pharmacy.

PLEASE CALL AHEAD

If you have flu-like symptoms — like a fever or cough — or have been around a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please call your Health Center or reach out through the Healow app or the Patient Portal to speak with one of our medical professionals before you:

  • Schedule an appointment
  • Come to your Health Center for your scheduled appointment
  • Walk-in without an appointment

We’ll ask you some questions that will help us determine how your symptoms should be managed.

STD SCREENING

Routine STD screening is not currently available, but we will treat patients who are symptomatic. Please call for more information.
 

HOURS FOR CRITICAL SERVICES OPERATIONS

MEDICAL

Gleicher/Chen Health Center – 323.329.9900

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Long Beach Health Center – 562.247.7740

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

APLA Health – Olympic – 323.215.1725

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

DENTAL

Wilshire Dental Clinic – 213.201.1388
(Emergencies only)

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

The David Geffen Center – 213.201.1621
Updated:

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Gleicher/Chen Health Center – 323.329.9900

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Long Beach Health Center – 562.247.7740

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

APLA Health – Olympic – 323.215.1725
Updated:

  • Monday / Wednesday / Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday / Thursday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

EMERGENCY HOUSING

213.201.1637

  • Monday / Wednesday / Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday / Thursday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

VANCE NORTH NECESSITIES OF LIFE PROGRAM

No need to call

The David Geffen Center

  • Wednesday / Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 2 – 5 p.m.

South Los Angeles

  • Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

North Hollywood

  • Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Long Beach

  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Claremont

  • 2nd Wednesday of the month: 2 – 4 p.m.

Antelope Valley

  • Thursday: 12 – 1 p.m.

Pasadena

  • Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Venice

  • 3rd Thursday of the month: 1 – 3 p.m.

MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION SERIVCES

213.201.1313

  • Monday / Wednesday / Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday / Thursday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

GENERAL INFORMATION

For general information, please call 213.201.1600 between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHAT IS THE CORONAVIRUS?

COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China, in 2019.

Governor Newsom and the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health have issued a “Safer at Home” order that requires Californians to stay at home unless performing essential activities. Governor Newsom also called for home isolation for all people 65 and older and those with chronic health conditions.

For the latest information, please visit the CDC website or Los Angeles Department of Public Health website or contact your health care provider.

VIDEOS: COVID-19 & HIV

COVID-19 and HIV Facts
HIV and Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall

 

FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV

Does living with HIV put you at more risk for COVID-19?
Persons living with controlled HIV (i.e. normal CD4 count and undetectable viral load) do not appear to be at greater risk than the general public for becoming ill with the coronavirus.

Persons living with HIV, however, may be at increased risk for infection if they have:

  • Low CD4 cell counts or are not virally suppressed
  • 60 years of age and older
  • Heart, lung, or kidney disease
  • Other poorly managed health conditions

What if I am enrolled in the AIDS Drug Assistance Program?
The California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS has made several changes to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) to ensure clients have access to medication and to minimize exposure to COVID-19.

For clients with expiring eligibility or expired eligibility back to March 1, 2020, ADAP is extending client eligibility an additional 90 days through June 30, 2020. This extension will be done automatically.

New or lapsed clients enrolling in ADAP can now enroll over the phone with their enrollment worker. Clients can also call the ADAP call center at 844-421-7050.

To ensure clients maintain an adequate supply of medication, ADAP will allow for early medication refills and the dispense quantity limit has been extended to 90-days.

¿Vivir con VIH lo pone en mayor riesgo del coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Personas que viven con VIH controlado (es decir, su cuenta normal de células CD4 y la carga viral indetectable) no parecen estar en mayor riesgo que el público en general de enfermarse con el coronavirus.

Viviendo con el VIH, usted puede tener un mayor riesgo de infección moderada o grave si tiene:

  • Cuenta baja de células CD4 o su cuenta viral no es suprimida
  • Es mayor de 60 años
  • Enfermedad cardíaca, pulmonar o renal
  • Otras condiciones de salud mal manejadas

COVID-19 Facts

What are the symptoms?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

How does COVID-19 spread?

  • Through droplets when a person with the virus coughs or sneezes
  • Touching objects or surfaces, and then touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth
  • Close contact with a person who is infected

How can people prepare and protect themselves?

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Have a 30-day supply of all medications.
  • Make sure all your vaccinations are current, such as flu and pneumonia.

How can people emotionally cope with the novel coronavirus?

  • Stay connected with your social networks via e-mail, social media, video conference and telephone.
  • Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly, keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy food.
  • Avoid watching and listening to sensationalized news stories about the novel coronavirus.

Hoja Informativa del COVID-19

¿Cuáles son los síntomas?
Los pacientes con COVID-19 han tenido enfermedad respiratoria de leve a grave con los siguientes síntomas:

  • fiebre
  • tos
  • dificultad para respirar

¿Cómo se propaga el COVID-19?

  • A través de gotas cuando una persona infectada con el virus tose o estornuda
  • Al tocar una superficie u objeto y luego se toque la cara, ojos, boca y nariz
  • Contacto cercano con una persona infectada

¿Cómo pueden las personas prepararse y protegerse?

  • Evite tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca con las manos sin lavar.
  • Lávese frecuentemente las manos con agua y jabón por al menos 20 segundos. Use un desinfectante de manos que contenga al menos un 60% de alcohol si no hay agua y jabón disponibles.
  • Cubrir su tos o estornudos con una servilleta desechable, luego tirar a la basura y lavarse las manos. Si no tiene una servilleta, tosa o estornude en su codo.
  • Tener un suministro para 30 días de todos los medicamentos.
  • Asegúrese de tener todas sus vacunas al corriente, como la gripe y la neumonía.

¿Cómo pueden las personas enfrentar emocionalmente al nuevo coronavirus?

  • Manténgase conectado con sus redes sociales por correo electrónico, redes sociales, videoconferencia y teléfono.
  • Participe en actividades saludables que disfrute y encuentre relajantes. Haga ejercicio regularmente, mantenga rutinas de sueño regulares y coma alimentos saludables.
  • Evite mirar y escuchar noticias sensacionalistas sobre el nuevo coronavirus.

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