This is a challenging time. We want you to know that providing excellent quality care remains our top priority. Our doors are open and, as always, we are here to help everyone. We are working closely with leading experts on local, state and national levels so you can count on T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Health and Wellness Centers to be a trusted community health resource. Here are a few things you should know now so you can protect yourself and others:
What is T.H.E. doing to protect patients?
- To ensure we are combating COVID-19 (coronavirus) and keeping everyone safe, we are screening all patients for symptoms and taking extra sanitation precautions at all our clinic sites.
- We now offer TeleHealth appointments for virtual care as well as in-person visits. Same-day appointments are available. Call (323) 730-1920 to learn more.
- Most of our clinics remain open; however, all of our school-based locations are temporarily closed until further notice. We are currently offering emergency dental services in our La Brea clinic only. If you have dental concerns such as: bleeding, pain, swelling, or trauma, please call (323) 730-1920, ext. 3093.
- In accordance with local orders, all T.H.E. patients and visitors must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths in our clinics to provide additional protection for others. Face coverings can be fabric coverings, such as scarves and bandana coverings.
- T.H.E. is offering to refill any medications patients may need at their local pharmacies.
- Patients who we believe may have COVID-19 are referred to emergency services for a COVID-19 test. For patients being tested or conﬁrmed with novel coronavirus, we follow processes designed to prevent transmission of the infection.
- If you believe you might have or have been exposed to the COVID-19, please call to speak to one of our medical staff before deciding to come into the Clinic.
What can I do to protect myself and others?
Public health officials recommend the following steps to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19.
- Wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 20 seconds is one round of “The Alphabet Song” or two rounds of “Happy Birthday to You”.
- Cough into your elbow or a tissue and not your hands. Dispose of the tissue.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work and school.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home and do not travel or report to work.
- Practice healthy habits: Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of ﬂuids and eat nutritious food.
- Use social distancing — deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.
- Headspace: Free meditation app and Headspace Plus is free for healthcare workers.
- FITON: Offers a variety of free workout routines.
- Free Crisis Counseling: Text “Frontline” to 741741 (USA/Canada)
What should I do if I am not feeling well?
Call ahead. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, and had contact with a person with COVID-19, or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call us at 323-730-1920. Our team will ensure the appropriate precautions are taken.
Where can I learn more about coronavirus in my community?
To stay connected on the latest news about coronavirus in Los Angeles, you can follow us on Twitter at @tohelpeveryone for the latest curated tweets.
Other trusted resources providing information and the latest updates are:
Local: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
State: The California Department of Public Health
National: Centers for Disease Control
Global: World Health Organization
How can I help T.H.E. help everyone?
Since 1974, T.H.E. has been providing quality care to everyone because we believe healthcare is a human right that should not be dependent on your zip code. No one at T.H.E. is turned away because of an inability to pay.
Because of the demands placed on us during this health crisis, we have created a special T.H.E. Community Emergency Relief Fund to help us continue to meet the needs of all our patients. We are grateful for any donations you are able to contribute.