Get tested and treated for COVID-19

If you feel sick, test right away. If you test positive, start medicine to prevent serious illness.

What to do

Get medicine if a test is positive

If you test positive, act quickly to get medicine to prevent getting the illness from becoming serious.

COVID-19 medicine is recommended for most adults and some teens.

If you test negative and you are still feeling sick, test again in 1-2 days.   If you think it might be the flu, contact a provider to ask about flu testing and medicines. 


If you do not have insurance

Get a free doctor visit by phone or online with Sesame Care:

Call (833) 686-5051 or click the button below.


If you have Medi-Cal

Medi-Cal members have free phone visits with a doctor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can get treatment by phone.

SanFrancisco Health Plan

Start an online visit or call 800-835-2362.

Anthem Blue Cross

Start an online visit or call 888-548-3432.

If you do not hear back from the Medi-Cal provider within 24 hours, contact Sesame Care: call (833) 686-5051 or go to Sesame Care.


If you have insurance

Contact your healthcare provider to request COVID-19 medicine.

If you do not hear back from them within 24 hours, contact Sesame Care: call (833) 686-5051 or go to Sesame Care.

Get COVID-19 at-home tests

1. Order up to 8 free at-home tests by mail from the federal government

Every US household can place an order to have 8 free at-home tests delivered to your home.

2. Get at-home tests covered by your insurance

Your insurance may provide you with free at-home tests. Find out more.

You can also buy at-home tests at stores and pharmacies.

Special cases

Get on-site COVID-19 testing

Get on-site COVID-19 testing

Get on-site testing if you prefer not to do an at-home test, or if you need written proof of your test result.

If you are uninsured, find free or low-cost testing at pharmacies and community sites.

If you have insurance, ask your doctor for a test. They are required to help you get tested if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. Testing contacts at common health care providers in SF are below:

Carbon Health

Circle Medical

Dignity Health GoHealth Urgent Care

Kaiser Permanente
Getting a COVID test at Kaiser

North East Medical Services (NEMS)

One Medical


Get help

Get free COVID-19 medicines if you do not have insurance

Visit Sesame Care or call 833-686-5051 to make a free phone or video appointment.

You can also use Sesame Care if you have not been able to reach your provider within 24 hours.

Last updated February 20, 2024