COVID-19 Resources for Providers
Screening, Prevention & Clinical Resources
Screening and Testing
If you have access to a commercial laboratory for SARS-CoV-2 testing, please access that option through your internal processes. You do NOT need to contact San Mateo County Communicable Disease Control to request authorization to test through a commercial laboratory.
If you do NOT have access to a commercial laboratory for SARS-CoV-2 testing, please contact San Mateo County Communicable Disease Control at 650-573-2346 to request authorization
to test based on our current testing criteria.
You must report ALL positive COVID-19 laboratory testing results from commercial laboratories within one day (24 hours) to San Mateo County Communicable Disease Control Program. Please complete and fax a COVID-19 Persons under Investigation and Case Report Form to 650-573-2919.
For more information about collecting specimens and testing in general, please consult the Center for Disease Control's (CDC's) Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Should any HPSM members need the SARS-CoV-2 test, HPSM will cover the whole cost. HPSM members will not be charged, including any cost-sharing (including, but not limited to, co-pays, deductibles or coinsurance).
Prevention, diagnosis & treatment
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. However, people infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve their symptoms.
Please use telehealth services to deliver care when appropriate. This will limit member exposure to others infected
with COVID-19. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
For Post-Acute Facilities: Please download and print these three posters, which visually illustrate the current admissions and co-horting guidance during seasonal surges:
- An illustration of the current admissions and cohorting guidance for fully vaccinated patients in your facility during seasonal surges.
- An illustration of the current admissions and cohorting guidance for partially or un-vaccinated patients in your facility during seasonal surges.
- A checklist of the criteria for patients to leave isolation (the "red zone"), as well as details and definitions of terms from AFL 20-87.1 and AFL 20-53.6.
- Please review AFL-20.87.1 in full with your staff, and consult with your local CD contact on how to apply this guidance at your facility.
These resources from the CDC will help you protect your and your patients’ health
- About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) includes information on the symptoms and spread of COVID-19 as well as an FAQ
- Prevention & Treatment includes links to information for health care workers
- What to Do If You Are Sick With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) includes information for those living with people with COVID-19
- Preparedness checklists to help providers and hospitals plan ahead for potential and confirmed COVID-19 cases
- Interim guidance for evaluating patients, reporting potential cases, testing medical specimens and preventing transmission
- Clinical care information for clinicians treating confirmed COVID-19 cases, whether in an inpatient or outpatient setting