Get treated for COVID-19

If you have a positive test and qualify, start treatment right away.

What to do

Find out if you can get treated

You may qualify for treatment if you have a high risk of serious illness from Covid. For example, you are:

Common medical conditions include, but are not limited to, things like being overweight or inactive, having alcohol or drug disorders, immune problems, cancer, diabetes, or conditions related to your heart, kidney, brain, or mental health.

Get tested

Get tested right away if you’ve had close contact with someone who has Covid or if you have  symptoms like:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Muscle soreness

Most medicines have to be taken within 5 days of first feeling sick.

If you have symptoms and tested positive for Covid, stay home and away from others for at least 5 days. Day 0 is when your symptoms started.

After 5 days (on day 6 or later), you can leave home when:

  • You have had no fever for the last 24 hours
  • Your symptoms are getting better

If you test negative but are feeling sick and at high risk of serious illness, test again in 12 to 24 hours. This is especially important if you recently spent time unmasked with someone who has Covid.

Talk to a doctor right away

If you’ve tested positive, talk to a doctor as soon as you can. Most medicines must be taken within 5 days of feeling sick. There are no cost options whether or not you have health insurance.

Use online or phone visits with your healthcare provider if you can. Many offer these remote services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Check your insurance card. You can also contact urgent care centers in your area or see the list of Test to Treat locations below.

Pharmacies may be able to deliver these medicines directly to your home.

All Covid-19 medications remain free of charge until the end of public health emergency May 11, 2023. Options for free or reduced cost medications after this date are being considered.

    Get tested and treated for free at a Test-to-Treat site

    Get tested and treated, insured or not, at no charge. If you have insurance, bring that information and your ID.

    Find a location anywhere in the US.

    Test-to-Treat locations in San Francisco

    Carbon Health

    Schedule an appointment or call one of the following locations.

    At Stonestown Mall

    On Irving Street at 22nd Avenue

    On Market Street at Dolores

    On Spear Street at Folsom

    Mission Wellness Pharmacy

    2424 Mission Street

    Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm

    Monday-Friday Drop-in hours: 9:30am-5pm

    Saturday from 10am-5pm

    Saturday Drop-in hours: 10:30am-4pm

    CVS pharmacy at 1900 19th Avenue

    Federal Test-to-Treat site. Schedule an appointment.

    Go Health

    Federal Test-to-Treat site. 

    Schedule an appointment or call one of the following locations:

    Lombard Street at Pierce

    Castro District on Market Street at 16th Street

    Market on Market St. at Franklin St

    Cole Valley on Cole St. at Parnassus Ave

    Portal on W Portal at 14th Ave

    Glen Park on Diamond St. at Bosworth St

    North East Medical Services

    Federal Test-to-Treat sites. Learn more or call. Must become a member.

    Unidos en Salud /United in Health 

    24th Street at Capp 

    Drop in Mon, Fri, Sat 9am-3:45pm 

    South of Market Health Center 

    229 7th Street at Howard

    Chinese Hospital

    845 Jackson St

    Learn more here.

    People with Medi-Cal

    Medi-Cal members have free phone visits with a doctor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    San  Francisco Health Plan

    Start an online visit or call.

    Anthem Blue Cross

    Start an online visit or call 888-LiveHealth.

    Common healthcare systems

    You may be a patient at one of these common health systems and can contact them about your treatment.

    Dignity Health

    Schedule an appointment or call.

    Kaiser Permanente

    Call the Urgent Advice line. Medi-Cal members too.

    San Francisco Health Network

    For those with or without insurance.

    Sutter Health, CPMC

    Start an online visit or call.


    Contact your doctor or call.

    If you don’t have insurance

    Call the San Francisco Health Network for treatment and to find out if you’re eligible for Healthy San Francisco and Medi-Cal.

    San Francisco Health Network

    Free doctor visits by phone or online if you test positive for Covid, have symptoms, and are uninsured, underinsured, or are unable to get an appointment within 24 hours of testing positive anywhere else. 

    Positive home tests are OK. Have your medication list or bottles ready. 

    Sesame Care

    (833) 686-5051 or go to:

    UCSF COVID-19 Hotline

    (415) 514-7328
    Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Some 24 hour online options

    Online appointments are available at all hours, and may come with some out-of-pocket costs.

    Get your prescription filled

    If you already have a prescription, you can go to any CVS, Walgreens or Safeway pharmacy to fill it. Find the closest locationAsk about free and low cost delivery options for Covid-19 medications.

    Go to the emergency room or call 911 right away if you have severe COVID-19 symptoms including trouble breathing, chest pain, new confusion, inability to stay awake, or pale lips, eyes, or nails.

    Guidance for providers

    See guidance on COVID-19 therapeutics.

    Last updated July 10, 2023