COVID-19 Overview and Update Local Resources and Information

During this unprecedented occasion, recommendations for COVID-19 are changing almost daily, and it can be overwhelming to stay informed on the latest updates. AAP-OC serves as a communication resource to help our pediatric providers stay updated on key health issues affecting our community.

Here we have pulled the most updated information to provide our members practical guidelines & key local resources in Orange County on COVID-19.

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Membership in AAP-OC allows your voice to be united with over 500 pediatricians in OC who advocate for optimal physical, mental and social well-being for all children at local and national levels.

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PPE Donation Request

We would like to support our medical providers who are in need of PPE. We are seeking the following:

Testing for COVID-19

Social distancing remains the best way to flatten the curve and reduce the time COVID-19 will be affecting our community. Testing should be considered only when it will significantly change management.

WHO TO TEST: COVID-19 testing should be performed for hospitalized patients with significant respiratory illness and symptomatic health care workers (fever and respiratory symptoms). Testing of non-priority populations can be performed based on provider discretion and available resources (CDC Testing Criteria). Patients who have mild illness and do not belong to a high priority population do not need to be tested. (OCHCA)


  • Quest test code – 39444 (changed from previous)
  • Labcorp – 139900 (unchanged)
  • Turn around time is around 7 days.

Providers do not need to report COVID-19 positive patients tested at LabCorp or Quest unless they are health care workers, hospitalized, or live in a long term care facility.

Symptomatic patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 should remain in self isolation for 7 days after illness onset, 72 hours after last fever, and until feeling better.

Household members & caregivers exposed to confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients should be quarantined at home for 10 days after the last unprotected contact with that person.

Currently there is no treatment for COVID-19. While trials are ongoing, no medications are recommended including hydroxychloroquine, which has potential toxicities (OCHCA).

OCHCA Provider 24-7 Hotline: 714-834-8180 OCHCA

Swab Instructions
CalOptima COVID-19 Testing and Coding 

Outpatient Corner

As pediatricians and pediatric specialists on the front line, we must encourage social distancing by keeping both sick and well kids at home when they don’t need to be seen. Phone triage and telehealth is our first line of defense to flatten the curve. We also must continue to re-structure our workflow and practices to keep sick and well families apart, and to keep our staff and community safe.


AAP: Implementing Telehealth Care
COVID-19 Medi-Cal Services and Telehealth Notice
Coding for COVID-19 and Non-Direct Care


AAP Coronavirus 3.0 Package Summary
Pediatric Practice Management Tips During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Federal Stimulus Package Summary: March 27, 2020
Financial Assistance for Medical Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Small business loans available to physicians now during COVID-19 emergency

Other Provider Resources

Providing free emergency remote work kits to health professionals, nonprofit organizations, and other qualified organizations/entities.

Access is available for a limited time (new users only).

CHOC Psychiatric Consultation Line: 657-390-3835
Phone consultation service provided by CHOC Children’s that assists pediatricians who care for patients with behavioral or psychiatric issues in a primary care setting. M-F, 8:30am – 5:00pm

The current crisis is an especially difficult time for healthcare professionals so Headspace is offering free access to Headspace Plus for all US healthcare professionals working in public health settings.

CMA Care 4 Caregivers
CMA Seeks volunteers to provide remote support to health care workers serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

You are Not Alone_First5OC_Coronavirus
This is a great resource for providers to share with parents of newborn or infant patients.

Practice Seeking Pediatrician

Childcare for Essential Workers and First Responders
Early Childhood OC is working with agencies across Orange County, California, to compile a searchable database of currently open child care centers and family child care homes serving children aged birth – 12. This database will be updated every Friday.

CMA- COVID-19 Stimulus Package Summary (March 26, 2020)

H.R. 748 “The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES ACT) 

ABP Activity Sponsor – MOC Requirements and MOCA-Peds

This a letter from ABP President and CEO, David G. Nichols, MD, MBA regarding MOC requirements and MOCA-Peds. Read Here

Virtual Chapter Chats

April 2, 2020 | 6:00-7:00 PM
04.02.2020 Presentation Slides
04.02.2020 Recording

April 7, 2020 | 6:00-7:00 PM
04.07.2020 Presentation Slides
04.07.2020 Recording

Emotional Support

For Providers

The current crisis is an especially difficult time for healthcare professionals so Headspace is offering free access to Headspace Plus for all US healthcare professionals working in public health settings.

For Children and Families

AAP – Healthy Children | HealthyChildren en Español
Working and Learning from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak

CHOC Nurse Line: 1-844-GET-CHOC
Available 24/7 to answer your questions about COVID-19 and your child

CHOC Psychiatric Consultation Line: 657-390-3835. Phone consultation service provided by CHOC Children’s that assists pediatricians who care for patients with behavioral or psychiatric issues in a primary care setting. M-F, 8:30am – 5:00pm

CMA Resource Guide: Parenting and COVID-19
Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events
The American Academy of Pediatrics Advises Parents Experiencing Stress over COVID-19
Tips for Parents – Reach Out and Read
Help Children Understand Coronavirus: Tips from Dr. Goza, AAP President
You are Not Alone_First5OC_Coronavirus | Usted No Está Sola_First5OC_Coronavirus Spanish
Resources for Families with Young Children First5 COVID-19

Community Corner

Parent Tips for Obtaining Infant Formula During COVID-19 Pandemic

Free School Meals during Orange County School Closures

School districts are offering pick-up meal programs to ensure children have access to nutritional meals during school closures. These programs provide meals to all children ages 18 and under. Some locations also offer meals to individuals with developmental disabilities, regardless of age. Please contact a school district directly with questions or concerns. Here’s a rundown of Orange County school closures and grab-and-go meal schedules.

CA Meals for Kids Mobile Application

The CA Meals for Kids mobile application helps you find nearby California After school and Summer Meal Programs Sites through your iOS, Android, or Microsoft devices. The Emergency Meal Sites section may be used during unanticipated school closures due to emergency situations.

WIC is Open!

Eligible Orange County WIC participants continue to receive their benefits as WIC has been identified as an essential service. The four OC WIC agencies are currently calling/texting all their participants and offering to load WIC benefits remotely to their WIC CARD. Most of the clinic sites are not open to the public at this time. For those not on WIC but newly eligible due to job loss or hours cut, please read how you can help them HERE.

Food Pantries Open during COVID-19

Many food pantries, soup kitchens and other food resources have put a pause on serving the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many are still open and ready to serve you. Call locations prior to visiting to ensure they are still open: Free Food Resources- COVID19 List

How to Get Food Help in Orange County

As our families may be faced with food insecurities at this time, we encourage all of you to widely share the How to Get Food Help in OC handout with our partners and participants as a resource for food assistance programs.
English Version | Spanish Version | Vietnamese Version

Childcare Resources

Early Childhood OC – COVID-19 Childcare Assistance
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast – Emergency Childcare for Healthcare Workers and First Responders
Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley – Emergency Childcare for Healthcare Workers and First Responders

Casa Youth Shelter is Open!

Casa Youth is committed to remaining open for youth in crisis who need them. For 24/7 crisis call support or intake, please call (800) 914-CASA (2272). Read about the temporary program modifications due to COVID-19.Outreach Flyer

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read Message on COVID-19
How Reach Out and Read is Responding to COVID-19

Coronavirus Children’s Story & Daily Visual Schedules

The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorder’s Behavioral Team has developed a Coronavirus Children’s Story in English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. In addition, they have developed two printable Daily Visual Schedules for your use.

Coronavirus Story for Kids- English
Coronavirus Story for Kids- Spanish
Coronavirus Story for Kids – Tagalog
Coronavirus Story for Kids-Vietnamese
3-5 Year Olds Daily Schedule
6-9 Year Olds Daily Schedule

Parent Resources

AAP: Finding Ways to Keep Children Occupied During These Challenging Times
COVID-19: Information for Families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Hand Washing: A Powerful Antidote to Illness
Positive Parenting & COVID-19: 10 Tips to Help Keep the Calm at Home
Social Distancing: Why Keeping Your Distance Helps Keep Others Safe
Tips for Coping with a New Baby During COVID-19
Working and Learning from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Project Vietnam Foundation COVID-19 Webinar

On March 22, Project Vietnam hosted a free webinar with experts who provided information and tips on the disease, as well as how to cope with the ongoing changes to our daily lives. The panel included: Quynh Kieu, MDJared Spotkov, MDMarvin Weiss, MD, and Namquyen Le, MPHView the webinar here.

Special Operating Hours at Stores

Stores throughout California are offering special shopping hours for seniors and those vulnerable to COVID-19. See the list of stores in the link below. Contact your local store to confirm their hours. Special Operating Hours – COVID19

Additional Food Resources

Families Forward
They are providing drive-thru services, including food assistance and diapers, Monday – Friday, 10am -2pm, no appointment needed. If you need assistance or have questions, call (949) 552-2727.

Second Harvest Food Bank
Pop up drive-thru food distribution for those in need of additional food assistance. Honda Center Parking Lot. Saturdays, Starting March 21 and onward. See Flyer

No Kid Hungry – Coronavirus Grant Request
Emergency grants to support local school districts and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to ensure kids get the nutritious food they need.


Orange County Health Care Agency
This website provides up-to-date information about known cases in Orange County, and provides key points about COVID-19, including print-ready handouts (multi-language) for your patients and families.

CHOC Children’s
Includes and updated FAQ from pediatric infectious disease specialists. Includes information that is most relevant to pediatric patients and their families.

CHOC Nurse Line: 1-844-GET-CHOC
Available 24/7 to answer your questions about COVID-19 and your child

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 information specifically for healthcare providers. Includes protocols on evaluation, testing, and reporting patients, as well as infection control and PPE recommendations.

Volunteer Opportunities

District 532 – Rotary Project Shield
April 3 – 5, 2020, 9:00AM – 5:00PM
The medical community is now desperate for face shields to protect those in close contact with others from transmitting the disease. The CEO of St. Jude’s in Fullerton connected us with a local provider of medically approved face shields who is willing to provide the kits to assemble at a cost of  $2 each that we can rapidly distribute to hospitals, senior facilities and others at great risk. The medical community is in dire need of any assistance they can get, please donate or sign up to volunteer to assemble the face shields.

Orange County Food Bank
The OC Food Bank is in desperate need of volunteers to help pack food boxes. If you are healthy, able, and want to help during this time of need within our Country, WE WANT YOU! Must be free of & show no signs of flu-like illness.Walk-Ins Welcome! If under 18, you MUST be accompanied by an adult. You may stay for more than one shift.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
In response to the pandemic, the Second Harvest Food Bank has enacted their food distribution crisis plan. The distribution model has been changed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while still providing food for those in need.

Blood Donations Needed
There is an urgent need for blood donations as several blood drives have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Please consider contacting a blood donor: CHOC Children’sUCI HealthLifestream Blood Bank, the American Red Cross, and others.

Illumination Foundation
Disrupting the cycle of homelessness