Updated January 5, 2022
COVID-19 still circulates in our communities. The virus causes mild disease in some and severe in others. The rate of transmission ebbs, flows, and varies by community, but people are still getting sick and sadly some are still dying from COVID-19.
Regence covers COVID-19 vaccination, testing and treatment under regular health plan benefits.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people age 6 months and older get vaccinated to protect against COVID-19. The vaccine is widely available, including the newly formulated booster targeted to attack the omicron variant.
Talk with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you and your loved ones are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations.
If you don’t know where to get vaccinated, visit your state’s health department website or the CDC’s Vaccine Finder site where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine and booster.
If you’re having trouble finding a vaccine provider, call us at the number on the back of your member ID card.
Check the level of transmission in your community
Use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s tool to find out if the rate of transmission in your county is low, medium or high. That can help you decide what other safety precautions you might want to take, like physical distancing or wearing a mask.
People with compromised immune systems may want to take extra precaution.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19
Test yourself using a home test or get tested at a pharmacy or provider’s office. Avoid others as best you can and wear a mask around others. If you use a home test and the results are negative, the FDA recommends repeat testing. If you need help finding a test or a health care provider, call us at the number on the back of your Regence member ID card, and we can connect you
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19
And you have symptoms, test immediately. If you were exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, wait five days after exposure before testing. The CDC offers guidance for people who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
If you need treatment for COVID-19
Several treatments are now available for COVID-19. It’s important to start treatment within five days of showing symptoms. Treatments require a prescription, so if you test positive, talk with your provider about what treatment might be best for you.
How to stay current on public health guidance
As the pandemic evolves, public health guidance continues to change by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Visit the CDC’s website or your state’s health department website for the most current information for your area.
Visit your state’s health department website or the CDC’s Vaccine Finder site to find out where all eligible people can get a COVID-19 vaccination.