A note from Medicare.
As more states relax stay-at-home orders, it's important to continue taking steps to protect yourself from COVID-19. Visit CDC.gov for tips to help you run essential errands safely, like getting prescriptions, groceries, gas, and connecting with your doctor.
Remember, if you need to see your doctor, please call their office first. Medicare has expanded coverage of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic, for common office visits, mental health counseling, and preventive health screenings.
During this time, you may also want to contact your Medicare prescription drug plan to see if they've temporarily waived certain requirements — like waiving prescription refill limits or relaxing restrictions on home or mail delivery of prescription drugs. That way, you can limit in-person visits to the pharmacy.
For more general information about COVID-19 and your Medicare coverage, visit Medicare.gov.
The Medicare Team
The outage has been resolved.
Local callers using landlines cannot reach our clinics and getting a recording. However, cell phone callers, and callers outside of our area code, are able to get through. So if possible, please use cell phones to contact us.
We are working to resolve this with AT&T. In the meantime, if it is emergency and you are not able to reach us, please come to the clinic and meet us at the triage tent.
We will update the community as soon as this is resolved.
Update from Ara Chakrabarti, CEO
"RCMS did more than 210 COVID-19 screening tests on Sunday, May 24. We have not received the results of these tests yet. We will keep the community informed once the test results are back from the lab."
Any Mendocino County Resident can get free COVID19 screening/testing in Ukiah. They merely need to go online or call to make a scheduled appointment. It is performed in Carl Purdy Hall at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds in Ukiah, from 12:30pm – 7:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
Turnaround time is “about” 72 hours. This means it might take slightly longer to get results. (In case patients need a test 72 hours prior to a procedure like a colonoscopy, this might be an option, but the 72 hours is not guaranteed).
Patients can make an appointment by going online at: https://lhi.care/covidtesting or calling 888-634-1123. RCMS is advocating to get more asymptomatic screening opportunities closer to Gualala. Until then, this is an option.
RCMS is pleased to announce that, in collaboration with the Mendocino and Sonoma County Health Departments, we will be performing another COVID19 screening event. Residents of both Sonoma County and Mendocino County are invited to attend. We are hopeful that this will be the beginning of recurrent screening events for our counties. Please note that the screening is for asymptomatic people only. If anyone has symptoms, they should not come to the event. They should call the clinic at 707-884-4005 to make other arrangements.
When: Sunday May 24, 2020 from 8:00 am until we run out of swabs
How Many Will Be Screened: 300
Full details on our COVID-19 page.
The Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) is a one-time, state-funded disaster relief program for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19. Qualified applicants can receive up to $500 in direct assistance, and up to $1,000 per household. For more information download the project information guide here, or visit https://covid19.ca.gov/guide-immigrant-californians/.
Effective Monday May 11th, the Dental clinic will be open Monday’s from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and on Wednesday’s 8:00 am- 12:00 pm for emergency patients. For the health and safety of our staff and our community, non-urgent dental treatments have been postponed until an unknown date. This determination will be done on a case by case basis in order to decide whether the dental facility is an appropriate setting to provide the necessary services needed. Please call our dental facility at (707) 882-2189 before coming in.
Unfortunately, scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal your Medicare Number, personal information, and money. And they're using robocalls, social media posts, and emails to do it.
Remember, if anyone reaches out to get your Medicare Number or personal information in exchange for something, you can bet it's a scam.
Be on the lookout, so you can stop scams before they happen. Here are recent Coronavirus scams to watch for:
RCMS has received the results of the targeted COVID-19 testing that we performed last week in coordination with Mendocino county Public Health Department. All test results came back negative. We sincerely appreciate the participants, the volunteers, and our staff for their involvement in this important activity for our community. Please continue to follow the guidelines given out by Public Health Departments and stay safe and healthy.
The following information is being shared by RCMS Community Outreach. Families who receive Free or Reduced School Lunches will be receive an EBT card for additional CalFresh benefits. If they are already on CF or Medi-Cal don’t have to do anything. Others will have to apply, applications will be available later this month at https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt.