COVID-19

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Information Center

We understand you may have many questions regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Citrus Valley Physicians Group has developed this page to help keep you informed and help answer questions you may have about this quickly evolving topic.

We encourage you to also visit California Department of Public Health website, which issues regular updates on COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to end the COVID-19 pandemic and reopen the economy. You can get a vaccine at no cost to you. It is recommended you first contact your health care provider for testing options. Appointments and proof of eligibility are required at all sites.

Los Angeles County

The County of Los Angeles and its partners are offering vaccinations to individuals in eligible priority groups. Every Californian 16 and up is now eligible for vaccination as of April 15, 2021. To find out where you can get vaccinated for COVID-19 in Los Angeles County click the link below.

San Bernardino County

Vaccinations began on December 16, 2020 in San Bernardino County and are continuing until further notice. Every California person aged 16 and older can get vaccinated. To find out where you can get vaccinated for COVID-19 in San Bernardino County click the link below.

You can find out more about scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine by visiting the
My Turn CA Department of Public Health’s website.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

The vaccines underwent clinical trials with thousands of participants representing a range of diverse groups and has been deemed safe by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA). Those with a history of reactions to immunizations are encouraged to talk to their healthcare provider prior to receiving the vaccine.

COVID-19 is not the first coronavirus. Scientists were able to apply 50 years of research to make a safe and effective vaccine, which received support for accelerated production.

The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines are messenger RNA vaccines (mRNA). mRNA provides the instructions your body needs to build a small protein that triggers an immune response to COVID-19 if you become infected.

There is no evidence that recovering from a COVID-19 infection builds lasting immunity in the body. Some people have been infected with COVID-19 more than once/multiple times. It is recommended you wait 90 days from recovery to receive the vaccine.

It will take time to vaccinate enough people for immunity in the community. In the meantime, continue to be COVIDSAFE by wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, washing your hands, and avoiding large gatherings.

Common side effects include soreness in your arm, fatigue, body aches and fever. These are signs the vaccine is working.

Free vaccinations are available to all individuals currently eligible and interested in being vaccinated for COVID-19. For individuals unable to receive the vaccine from their provider, or if they do not have a healthcare provider, they may be vaccinated at a County-coordinated COVID-19 vaccination site at no-cost.

Updates on who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be posted on the COVID-19 Vaccine page on https://myturn.ca.gov.

COVID-19 Symptoms & Testing

We understand that you may have many questions about COVID-19 symptoms, in addition to when and where to go for a COVID-19 test. The information below provides what signs and symptoms to look out for, and what steps to take if you feel you or a loved one is showing symptoms of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Symptoms

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Symptoms of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can vary widely, and may include the following flu-like symptoms

  • Fever (greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting

COVID-19 Severe Symptoms

For some, COVID-19 symptoms can become severe and need immediate medical attention. If you or a loved one are showing the following signs, contact your medical provider immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Confusion
  • Bluish lips or face

If you believe you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or believe that you may have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, first contact your healthcare provider. It is very important to call them before leaving your home; your healthcare provider will be able to advise you on what to do, and will be able to take steps to prepare for your arrival to keep themselves and others safe.

If you are feeling ill, make sure you isolate yourself as much as you can from other members of your household. Do not leave your home and contact your healthcare provider for guidance. If testing is recommended, look online for nearby testing sites and set an appointment online or via telephone. Please do not go to the nearest emergency room unless you are experiencing a medical emergency.

There are many steps you can take to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe and to help slow the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Staying home and only leaving for essential activities like groceries, medical appointments, and essential work
  • Stay physically distant – at least 6 feet – from others outside of your household
  • Wear a face covering whenever leaving home
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow, and wash your hands after
  • Stay home and self-isolate if you are not feeling well
  • Practice good hand hygiene: wash your hands regularly and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel
  • Keep your home clean and regularly disinfect high-touch areas like doorknobs, light switches, and the refrigerator door
  • Follow guidance from public health officials
  • Remember to keep in close contact with your healthcare provider about any additional steps you can take or if you have any questions about your health.

We encourage you to visit the California Department of Public Health website, which issues regular updates on COVID-19 in English and Spanish. 

Find A Testing Site

Community COVID-19 testing sites are being held throughout Los Angeles County and San Bernardino Counties. Samples will be collected using a swab in the nostril or in the mouth. These samples are then sent to a lab to test for the virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS‑CoV‑2 virus).

San Bernardino County Testing Sites

Los Angeles County Testing Sites

For Healthcare Professionals

Telehealth Resources

California Medical Association

Continuing Covid-19
Medical Education

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education compiled a list of accredited continuing education (CE) activities and additional resources that can help the CE provider and clinician community respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.