Coronavirus and COVID-19 / FAQ

Please visit the San Diego County Public Health webpage to get answers to frequently asked questions.


Information on the County response can be found on the San Diego County Vaccine website or the CDC.

Your Questions Answered:


Should I get tested before attending a party, holiday gathering or special event?

Even if you don’t have symptoms and have not been exposed to an individual with COVID-19, using a self-test before gathering indoors with others can give you information about the risk of spreading COVID-19. This is especially important before gathering with unvaccinated childrenolder individuals, those who are immunocompromised, or individuals at risk of severe disease.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, you should get tested.

Keep in mind that a negative test result now only shows your status at the time you got the test. It doesn’t prevent you from getting or spreading the virus while interacting with others.


What are the different types of COVID 19 testing?

There are 2 different kinds of clinical tests for Covid-19 infection. PCR and Antigen tests.  Antigen tests give rapid results and can be done in the clinic or at home.  PCR tests give the most reliable results but can take longer to give the results (1-2 days)

As of January 18th, 2022, every residential address in the United States is eligible to order at-home COVID-19 test kits at no-cost.  Tests can be ordered online at or by calling 1-800-232-0233.


How does COVID-19 spread?

The coronavirus is spread from person to person — mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) — through tiny droplets made when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It’s possible, but not likely, that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly eyes. It’s important to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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What can I do if I don’t feel safe at home right now?

Staying home can help slow the spread of COVID-19, but it may not feel safe for those experiencing domestic violence. Stress and uncertainty during the pandemic, as well as limited access to help in your community, can make existing abuse worse — or lead to new family violence.

If you feel there’s immediate danger, please call 911 right away.

Domestic violence includes abuse that can be emotional, physical, financial, and/or sexual. And it can look different for everyone. It’s important to remember that it isn’t your fault, and you shouldn’t feel ashamed for seeking help. If you’re not sure your home is a safe place for you or your family, here are some common signs:

  • You feel stressed or worried about your safety or your children’s safety at home.
  • You’re afraid of your partner or family member.
  • You or your children have been physically hurt or threatened, or the severity or frequency of violence has escalated.
  • Your partner or family member restricts your access to food, medication, transportation, money, connections with your family and friends, or other activities, even at home.

If any of the above is happening to you or someone you love, you can:

  • Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline for immediate help in over 200 languages. Call 1-800-799-SAFE(1-800-799-7233) or visit
  • Call your San Ysidro Health provider to be referred to one of our Behavioral Health Specialist. For non-urgent appointments, please call the 619-662-4100.

What San Ysidro Health’s mask policy?

 Masks are still required to be worn at all San Ysidro Health clinics and sites.

How can I cope with COVID-19?

Right now, it’s especially important to care for the whole you — mind, body, and spirit. We have resources to help your physical and mental health.

Make an appointment with one of our Behavioral Health Specialists at 619-662-4100.

Coronavirus and COVID-19: Vaccine Information | SYHC


We Are Here For You Now More Than Ever

San Ysidro Health staff is hard at work vaccinating our eligible and most vulnerable patients now more than ever.


Any individual 5 years and older can receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Children 5-17 years old need a parent/legal guardian consent. Bring proof of Covid-19 vaccination, if already received the vaccine.


You can make an appointment with our clinics by calling 619.662.4100 or Click here to self-schedule COVID-19 Vaccine.