If you or someone you know needs health care services related to COVID-19, follow these steps:
- Contact your physician to outline symptoms and discuss next steps. Testing can only occur with a physician referral at this point.
- If you do not have a physician, call 211 to be referred to a community clinic or other resource that can help.
- CDC Quarantine Guidelines: CDC updated their quarantine requirements: Previously, those in quarantine had to go 48 hours without a fever and without using fever-reducing medication. Now, patients have to go fever-free for 72 hours without fever-reducing medication. This applies to those currently under quarantine and those who may be quarantined in the future. In addition, before leaving isolation, a patient's other symptoms — including shortness of breath or a cough — must have improved and at least seven days must have passed from when the symptoms first appeared.
- Latest updates from the City of Houston: http://houstonemergency.org/COVID19
Testing & Vaccinations
- You and other members of your family can each receive free, individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests. Place your order for free delivery through the U.S. Postal Service.
- COVID-19 testing is generally for everyone. Your college may have a testing site or partnership in place. In most states, there are community-based testing sites, pharmacies, and large chain stores that offer COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. You can find other locations online, at 1 (800) 232-0233, by texting your zip code to 438829, or by contacting your local health department and schedule an appointment.
- Student Health Insurance (Domestic & International Students)
- Harris Health/Gold Card
- State of TX Healthcare Overview
- Health Insurance Marketplace
- Additional List of Resources
- If you are uninsured, are a citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR), and meet the income eligibility criteria, you (and your children, if applicable) may be eligible for free health insurance under Medicaid. Your local hospital and health center may also provide help with the application, though this normally occurs in person.
- Children's Health Insurance Plan is for children in families with low income.
- If you experienced a qualifying life event, such as losing your job or inability to keep your parent/employer’s insurance coverage, you may qualify for a special enrollment circumstance within 30 days and could be eligible for a plan through the Healthcare Marketplace. Visit www.healthcare.gov to learn more about your healthcare options.
- If your income or household changed and you have coverage through the Marketplace, update the information online or call 1 (800) 318-2596 to get instructions on how to adjust your plan. By doing this, you may save money or even become eligible for free health insurance through Medicaid.
- If you are undocumented or are waiting for your healthcare plan coverage’s approval, contact a local health community center to receive care.
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