Last updated: 3/24/2022
If you test positive for COVID-19, free treatment may be available. Contact your healthcare provider right away after a positive test to determine if you may be eligible, even if your symptoms are mild right now. If you do not have a healthcare provider or health insurance, call the Contra Costa Health Services Advice Nurse at (877) 661-6230 option 1. Don’t delay: Treatment must be started within the first few days to be effective.
Treatments may help you recover faster
Treatments may be available for:
People with mild to moderate symptoms
People in the hospital
People who may not have symptoms but have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and are high risk for serious COVID-19
If you have tested positive, a medical professional may prescribe oral antiviral pills to help you get better
Other types of treatment such as monoclonal antibodies and anti-inflammatories may be used to prevent or treat COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
There is currently no cost for most COVID-19 treatments themselves, but the treating facility may charge for the administration of the drug. Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal) cover all costs. Check your insurance plan, as many large private insurance plans cover costs. If you do not have insurance, ask the treatment facility if there are fees.
Contact Your Healthcare Provider
Talk to your health care provider to learn if you qualify for a COVID-19 treatment that requires a prescription or referral.
Contra Costa Health Plan members and Contra Costa Regional Medical Center & Health Centers patients who test positive (either a PCR/lab test or a home test) can contact the County’s Advice Nurse at (800) 495-8885 to get evaluated by a doctor over the phone and receive a prescription for an antiviral treatment.
Visit a Test to Treat Location
At Test to Treat locations, you will be tested for COVID-19. If you test positive and treatments are appropriate for you, you may receive a treatment prescription from a healthcare provider. These medications (oral antiviral pills) treat COVID-19 and are free of cost and available even if you don’t have health insurance. Schedule an appointment at a Test to Treat location to get tested and get an antiviral prescription if recommended:
CVS Store #09545: 1223 S California Blvd, Walnut Creek
CVS Store #09815: 738 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek
More test to treat locations will be available in the coming weeks. Visit the state’s Test to Treat Locations website for the latest details.