Responding to COVID-19

We are six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s important to keep ourselves safe, especially as we head into cold and flu season. That’s why we’re sharing resources on how to keep yourself and your family prepared and healthy. We’ll be providing up-to-date information on our website in both English and Spanish from the Oregon Health Authority, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.

While there are simple things we can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as hand washing and wearing masks, you’ll find more detailed information and resources on this page, including documents and short videos how to care for a loved one with COVID-19, and what to do if you’re sick.

You may have other questions, including:

* How does the testing process work? Many people are interested in testing for COVID-19 out of concern for themselves and their loved ones. If you have trouble breathing or feel very ill, contact your healthcare provider or, in case of emergency, call 911. Healthcare providers may decide to have you first tested for other illnesses, like the flu, based on your possible exposure history and any other symptoms you might have. Call before you go.

If you have flu-like symptoms or have reason to think you might have COVID-19, let your healthcare provider know before you visit. This will help avoid exposing anyone else at the provider’s facility. For more detailed information, here are some frequently asked questions.

* What if I don’t have insurance? If you do not have health insurance, you can apply for coverage through the Oregon Health Plan, our state’s Medicaid program. This program fully covers the cost of getting tested for COVID-19 if needed. You can also see a clinician through your county health clinic or a ​federally qualified health center (FQHC).

* How do I take care of my mental health during this time? COVID-19 has created an unprecedented effect on our physical and mental health. NAMI is committed to providing accurate information and resources to help you get through this crisis. NAMI National produced a comprehensive guide with practices to help you manage anxiety, how to access medications if you are in quarantine, and more. We are also offering peer and family support groups online.