COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

Health & Wellness

Published: 04/02/2019

Health & Wellness

What is Covid-19 or Novel Coronavirus?

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus strain spreading from person-to-person across the world.  Learn more about Covid-19 from Riverside County Public Health: https://www.rivcoph.org/Portals/0/Documents/CoronaVirus/Toolkits/Public/novel-coronavirus-factsheet.pdf

How can I avoid contracting Covid-19?


  • Stay home
  • Avoid people outside your household
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet whenever outside of the house


  • Leave the house except for essential activities
  • Shake hands
  • Touch your face
  • Go to the doctor if you aren’t sick
  • Stockpile masks or gloves

Learn more: https://covid19.ca.gov/

What are the symptoms of Covid-19?
Mild symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or in ability to arouse or bluish lips or face – please seek medical attention immediately. For additional information including a coronavirus self-checker, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Do I need to seek medical advice? 
Reported cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. If you develop emergency warning signs such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or in ability to arouse or bluish lips or face – please seek medical attention immediately. For a full list of symptoms, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

If I am experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, how can I get tested?
Testing will be limited and t
hose who want to get tested must have symptoms and have an appointment. Drive-ups without appointments cannot be accommodated. Learn more about drive-thru testing here: https://www.rivcoph.org/Portals/0/Images/coronavirus/3.30.20%20Harvest%20drive%20up%20testing%20location.pdf?ver=2020-03-30-153113-747&timestamp=1585607478494

What if I am experiencing emotional feelings, experiencing anxiety, having suicidal thoughts, or are in crisis?
Please call 1-951-686-HELP (4357) anytime, day or night. Helpline provides research-based help and compassionate hope to every contact in over 120 languages. The service is free and confidential. https://connectriverside.org/coronavirus2019/

Riverside Community Health Foundation - Community Settlement Association 

Mental Health

CA.GOV Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response: Provide resources for emotional support and well-being

California Surgeon General’s Playbook: Stress Relief during COVID-19

California Surgeon General’s Playbook: Stress Relief for Caregivers and Kids during COVID-19

California Department of Public Health: Daily COVID-19 updates

Riverside County Department of Mental Health (RCDMH)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Resources for family members supporting loved ones with mental health conditions.

Tips for Self-Care During COVID-19

U.S Department of Health and Human Services:Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Takemyhand.co Behavioral health support available 24/7 to public to assist with coping and anxiety

The Lehman Center Adult Services and Children's Campus: 951-358-4625

Children's Treatment Services: 951-358-4840

Hotline Contact Information

24-hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or text 838255

Adult Protective Services: 1-833-401-0832

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 for 24/7 crisis support

California Suicide & Crisis Hotlines: Phone numbers and links to all the suicide and crisis hotlines by county in California

California Peer-Run Warm Line: Non-emergency resource for anyone in California seeking emotional support. They provide assistance via phone and webchat on a nondiscriminatory basis to anyone in need - 1-855-845-7415

Disaster Distress Helpline: Counseling for people experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. 1-800-985-5990 (TTY 800-846-8517) or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for 24/7 support.

Medi-Cal Managed Care and Mental Health Office of the Ombudsman: Available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. - 1-888-452-8609

National Domestic Violence: 1-800-799-SAFE or text LOVEIS to 22522 for 24/7 support.

National Parent Helpline: Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 7p.m. to get emotional support from a trained Parent Advocate - 1-855-427-2736

Behavioral Health

Community Connect 24/7 Crisis and Suicice Prevention Hotline: 951-686-HELP (4357)

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) - The Carolyn E. Wylie Center: 951-683-5193

Care Pathways - Caregiver Support Groups Riverside County Office on Aging: 800-510-2020

MHUC Riverside: 951-509-2499

CARES line for Medi-Cal beneficiaries seeking Mental Health Services: 800-706-7500

Substance Use CARES: 800-499-3008

Essential Staff Support Line Individual coaching, counseling and listening - 24/7 for health care workers, first responders, and any essential staff:  951-955-7015