COVID-19 Treatments

Last updated: 7/29/2022

If you test positive for COVID-19 and are age 12 or older, free treatment may be available. Contact your healthcare provider right away to talk about treatment, or visit a test to treat location.
 

Don’t delay, even if your symptoms are mild right now – treatment must be started within the first few days to be effective.
 

About Treatments

  • Treatments may help you recover from COVID-19 faster and avoid serious illness

    • ​A medical professional may prescribe oral antiviral pills (Paxlovid or Molnupiravir) to help you get better

      • Antivirals prevent viruses from making more of themselves or "multiplying" in the body. They are very effective at preventing severe disease from COVID-19 infection and help you recover faster.

    • 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 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.

  • “Rebound” after Paxlovid treatment: While Paxlovid is very effective, some people have reported getting sick again days after completing the treatment (known as a “rebound”). Limited information currently available from case reports suggests that persons treated with Paxlovid who experience COVID-19 rebound have had mild illness; there are no reports of severe disease. If you experience a rebound, you’re infectious and must restart your isolation period. For more information, see the CDC’s health alert.

Who Can Get Treatments

We recommend COVID-19 treatment for anyone who tests positive but especially for those over 65 years old or with medical conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, cancer and depression. 
 

How to Get Treatments

It’s important to begin treatment as soon as possible after getting a positive COVID-19 test result (either a PCR/lab test or home test).

Contact Your Healthcare Provider

Talk to your health care provider or call the Contra Costa County Health Advice Nurse at (877) 661-6230 to learn if you qualify for a COVID-19 treatment that requires a prescription or referral.

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:

Antioch

Berkeley

 

Brentwood

​​

Oakland

Pleasant Hill

 

San Ramon​

 

San Pablo

Walnut Creek

County Advice Nurse

Any county resident can contact the Contra Costa County Health Advice Nurse at (877) 661-6230 for free treatment consultation. The advice nurse can schedule a phone appointment with a doctor, who can recommend treatment and write a prescription.

 

Watch for Severe Symptoms

Go to the hospital or seek emergency medical attention right away if you develop severe COVID-19 symptoms, including:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion

  • Inability to wake or stay awake

  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

More Information

 
Paxlovid treatment flyer
Three things to know about COVID-19 treatments