COVID-19 Treatments

Please contact your Primary Care Physician or a licensed physician/doctor if you would like more information on available treatments.

The local Mariposa County Community Health Center (CHC) / Public Health (PH) does not provide treatments for COVID-19 infections.

How to Access COVID-19 Treatments

COVID-19 treatments work best when taken soon after symptoms begin. Here is how to access outpatient COVID-19 treatments if you have symptoms:

  1. Talk to your health care provider right after you notice symptoms to learn if you qualify for a COVID-19 treatment.
  2. If you do not have a health care provider or do not hear back from your provider within a few days, visit a Test to Treat location to get rapid testing and find out if you are eligible for treatments.
  3. If you do not have insurance, visit an OptumServe location.

Your health care provider might recommend medication that does not require a prescription to relieve symptoms and support your body's natural defenses. The CDC has information on over-the-counter treatments

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

Hospital care focuses on treatments which support the body's vital organs and decrease inflammation to prevent death.

IMPORTANT: Only take treatments prescribed by a health care provider. People have been seriously harmed and even died after taking products not authorized for COVID-19, even products approved or prescribed for other uses.

Treatment Through Telehealth

If you're feeling sick or have tested positive for COVID-19, one of the safest ways to find out what medical care you may need is by phone or video while staying at home. This is called "telehealth."

If a telehealth provider determines that you should receive prescription medication for COVID-19 treatment, they can send a prescription to your local pharmacy or help you get a prescription filled through the mail. 
Check out this CDPH page for more information on treatment through telehealth.

Test-to-Treat Program 

Faster, Easier Access to Life-Saving COVID-19 Treatments

As part of the federal government's National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan the United States government is launching a nationwide Test to Treat Initiative.

A newly launched nationwide Test to Treat initiative gives individuals without insurance or a health care provider (or those unable to obtain timely testing and treatment through their usual health care provider) an important way to rapidly access free lifesaving treatment for COVID-19. 

In this program, people are able to get tested, be assessed by a medical provider (if positive), receive a prescription from a health care provider - if appropriate, and have their prescription filled all in one location, allowing for quick and easy treatment.

Most COVID-19 medications are currently free, but some testing and treating facilities may charge an administration or visit fee that may be covered by insurance. People should ask about these fees when they call a Test to Treat site.   

Test-to-Treat Locations

  • The LHI OptumServe Testing Site located at the Park & Ride parking lot behind Rite Aide at 4994 Joe Howard Street in Mariposa is a Test-To-Treat location.
  • CVS Store/CVS Pharmacy located at 7096 N. West Ave, Fresno CA 93711
  • Test-To-Treat Site Locator

Additional Test-to-Treat Resources & Information

Treatment for Young Children

Effective April 25, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the approval of the COVID-19 treatment Veklury (remdesivir) for to include pediatric patients. For more information, visit this FDA News Release page.

Emergency Use Authorization (EAU)

During public health emergencies, the FDA may authorize the use of unapproved drugs or unapproved uses of approved drugs under certain conditions. This is called an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Therapeutic products authorized under an EUA are listed on the FDA’s EUA page. These products are not a substitute for vaccination against COVID-19

Long-COVID Information

We know there are many people in our community who may be deemed "recovered" from COVID-19 in that they are no longer contagious, but they may still have lingering health impacts.

Long-COVID is when individuals have lingering or develop new symptoms after their initial recovery period. This can happen to anyone who has had a natural COVID-19 infection, even if they were not experiencing severe symptoms with their initial infection.