COVID-19 

OVERVIEW 

The OCWHP is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic for gender disparities, as it is anticipated that women will be disproportionately impacted re: caregiving, exposure to violence, sexual and reproductive health, and other areas such as lost earnings. 

 

To mitigate against these potential hardships, California has recently authorized enrollment, recertification, and specified family planning visits via telehealth under the FPACT program.  See CA Dept of Health Care Services 3/26/20.  The State has also authorized enrollment, recertification and provision of limited services for breast and cervical cancer via telehealth under the Every Woman Counts program.  See CA Dept of Health Care Services 4/2/20.

 

Notably, the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) and other medical societies have issued a Joint Statement explicitly disagreeing with COVID-19 responses that cancel or delay abortion procedures.  The Joint Statement explains that abortion should not be classified as a nonessential medical procedure that can be delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“[Abortion] is also a time-sensitive service for which a delay of several weeks, or in some cases days, may increase the risks or potentially make it completely inaccessible. The consequences of being unable to obtain an abortion profoundly impact a person’s life, health, and well-being.”


See ACOG 3/18/20.

 

Nevertheless, Texas, Ohio and several other states have already attempted to ban abortion under the guise of the COVID-19 crisis, and legal challenges have ensued.  See NY Times 3/23/20 and Slate.com 3/31/20.



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RESOURCES 


GENERAL INFO & FAQs STRESS
If you are feeling anxiety, worry or fear related to COVID-19, there are several resources available to you:
  • If you need help finding help, call 1(855) OC-LINKS or visit www.ochealthinfo.com/oclinks to talk or chat with a trained, clinical navigator (Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

  • If you need non-crisis support, call 1(877) 910-WARM or www.namioc.org  (Mon-Fri from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. and Sat 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.)

  • If you need immediate support, call the Orange County Health Care Agency Community Counseling & Supportive Services (714)-645-8000 (Mon-Thr from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
PAID FAMILY LEAVE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
  • Individuals whose hours have been reduced or jobs eliminated may file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim through EDD. Individuals may also be eligible for UI benefits if their child's school has closed and they must miss work to care for them.
DISABILITY INSURANCE
  • Individuals who are unable to work due to COVID-19 exposure may file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.
PREGNANCY CAREGIVING
SENIOR MENTAL HEALTH 
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
  • If you or someone you love is under quarantine and experiencing domestic violence:

    • Click here for safety tips

    • Call 2-1-1 for services in Orange County

    • Call 1-800-799-7233 for the National Domestic Violence Hotline

    • If you’re unable to speak safely, you can text LOVEIS to 22522
For assistance locating any type of resource in Orange County call 2-1-1 or visit www.211oc.org


OC HEALTH DATA RESOURCES

Comprehensive picture of the present condition of children in Orange County

Information on Orange County's most pressing community needs

Local data about the financial, educational, community, and physical health of OC cities compared with the county, state and nation

Orange County-specific health statistics and data, local research, and community reports

Key indicators of economic, social and environmental well-being in Orange County


OTHER RELEVANT RESOURCES

Comprehensive database offering health information and resources

Verizon is helping to connect survivors of domestic violence to vital resources and provide support for domestic violence organizations and programs nationwide.

Facts and figures about health care provider screening and the effects of Domestic Violence on health. 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES

Futures Without Violence

State-Funded Domestic Violence Agencies based in Orange County