COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Situation Summary Update-use this link for most recent CDC updates

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

by Centers for Disease Control

(The purpose of the Coronavirus Self-Checker is to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. This system is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of disease or other conditions, including COVID-19.)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html#

(click on the "self check symptoms" link to open the assessment tool)

Merced County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Information and Updates

https://www.co.merced.ca.us/3350/Coronavirus-Disease-2019

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

 

 

Taking Care of Your Mental Health In The Face of Uncertainty

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html

 

https://afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty/

 

 Staying in Connected in Time of Physical Distancing  https://mailchi.mp/eachmindmatters/each-mind-matters-newsletter-2685045?e=84750add8a

How LGBTQ youth can cope with anxiety and stress during COVID-19

 https://www.thetrevorproject.org/2020/03/26/how-lgbtq-youth-can-cope-with-anxiety-and-stress-during-covid-19/

Anxiety Reduction Resources

https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath?utm_source=lifecycle&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=difficult_times_subs_031720

Resources for emotional support and well-being

https://covid19.ca.gov/resources-for-emotional-support-and-well-being/

NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide

https://nami.org/covid-19-guide

Mental Health Amid the COVID-19 Crisis - Active Minds

https://www.activeminds.org/about-mental-health/be-there/coronavirus/

 

Mental Health Apps:Mental Health Apps

 

Allergy and Asthma

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology - conditions and treatments Find a provider: http://www.aaaai.org/home.aspx
A Variety of Information about Asthma and All Types of Allergies-information, resources, online support groups http://www.aafa.org/

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

American Red Cross - training, disaster assistance resources http://www.redcross.org/
California Department of Public Health Disaster Preparedness Information http://www.bepreparedcalifornia.ca.gov

Drugs & Alcohol

 Alcohol Rehab Guide- Information on the signs of alcohol addiction, the effects, and the support options for those involved. https://www.alcoholrehabguide.org/
Alcoholics Anonymous - Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. Information regarding AA, as well as links to local meetings is available https://www.aa.org/
Merced College Drug & Alcohol Free Campus - Merced College Drug and Alcohol Free Campus statement, policy and procedure Statement, Policy & Procedure
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA) National Recovery Month - promotes the benefits of treatment for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, highlights the contributions of treatment providers, and promotes the messages that recovery in all forms is possible http://www.recoverymonth.gov/

Flu Information

California Department of Public Health, Influenza -statewide seasonal flu information

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/EPO/Pages/BI_Influenza.aspx

Centers for Disease Control, Seasonal Influenza - seasonal flu information http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

Health Insurance

(Merced College does not endorse any particular third-party insurance option; we list examples of how you can use the web to shop for health insurance).

Covered California -Health insurance plans for individuals and families. Financial assistance is available on a sliding scale, with more support for those who earn less. Covered California will help you determine if you qualify for these types of assistance programs. http://www.coveredca.com/ Covered California: Health Insurance for Students
Managed Care Dental Plan - Partnership between Student Insurance and Community College League of California; provides low cost dental insurance for enrolled students and their dependents http://www.dentalclubone.com/cclcmember

Heart Health

American Heart Association -
Heart Attack and Stroke Symptoms
http://www.heart.org/en/about-us/heart-attack-and-stroke-symptoms

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning)

The Place - The PLACE is a non-religious support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth ages 14-20, based in Modesto, CA. Parent support groups also available. http://cacc-ucc.org/growing/the-place-youth-group
The Trevor Project-A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. https://www.thetrevorproject.org/

Mental Health

The Alex Project-crisis text line http://www.alexproject.org/
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance | Support Groups Central

https://www.supportgroupscentral.com/groups_detail.cfm?cid=18

Merced College Personal Counseling Information - personal counseling services for enrolled Merced College students http://www.mccd.edu/studenthealth/personal_counseling.htm
The National Mental Health Association - online screening, finding a provider or support group, paying for treatment http://www.nmha.org/
Merced County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services- mental health and substance recovery services; 24 hour crisis line Mental Health Crisis line-(209) 381-6800 (24 hours) 
REACHOUTHERE.com - An on line space where young people can receive and give support, inspiring their peers to get through tough times.  http://us.reachout.com/reachouthere 

Merced County Resources

Low Cost Local Clinics - Clinics in the "Health Care Resources" pdf link below accept Medi-cal & Healthy Families. If you are low income and have no health insurance, these clinics may provide services at reduced charges.

Health Care Resources

Merced County Prescription Drug Discount Program http://www.nacorx.org/

Nutrition

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - Information and activities regarding nutrition, healthy weight, diseases, allergies and health conditions http://www.eatright.org/ http://www.eatright.org/ 
Merced County Food Bank-emergency food pantries; community food distribution.

https://mmcfb.org/get-help/

Nutrition.gov - dietary guidelines, nutrition assistance programs, food safety, calorie and nutrition content of foods http://www.nutrition.gov/ 
US Dept of Agriculture ChooseMyPlate.gov - food groups, tips and resources, interactive tools, and print materials http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ 
Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) - serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk; provides nutritious foods to supplement diets; information on healthy eating, including breastfeeding promotion and support; and referrals to health care http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/ 

Public Health

California Department of Public Health  https://www.cdph.ca.gov/
Merced County Department of Public Health http://www.co.merced.ca.us/index.aspx?nid=82

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Awareness Information & Resources

Merced College Violence Prevention and Advocacy Resources - information, prevention and reporting process http://www.mccd.edu/safety/save/index.html
"loveisrespect" - a resource to engage, educate and empower youth and young adults to prevent and end abusive relationships.

http://www.loveisrespect.org/

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) - anti-sexual violence organization; provides information regarding prevention, reporting, recovery, support, statistical information. http://www.rainn.org/ 
Valley Crisis Center-Merced - provides domestic violence and sexual assault services, including a 24 hour hotline, crisis response and advocacy, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, counseling, support groups, and community education http://www.valleycrisiscenter.org/ 
Valley Crisis Center Crisis Line (209)722-4357 (24 hours a day) 

Sexuality / Reproductive Care/Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's)

Bedsider-Think of Bedsider as your partner in birth control. We can even make it sexy, friendly, and a little fun. http://providers.bedsider.org/
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -Sexually Transmitted Infection Information https://www.cdc.gov/std/
Planned Parenthood - sexual and reproductive healthcare and information  https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-mar-monte

Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Foundation - prevention, warning signs, information and events http://www.skincancer.org/ 
Skin Cancer Prevention and Early Detection - American Cancer Society 

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/skin-cancer.html

Summer Health

California West Nile Virus Website - FAQ's, active cases, and reporting procedures

http://westnile.ca.gov/

Centers for Disease Control-Extreme Heat & Heat Related Illness-prevention, signs & symptoms, treatment

 

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heat_guide.html

Tobacco Use, Prevention, Effects of Use, Quit Information & Resources

American Cancer Society - Stay Away from Tobacco-provides FAQs and resources for helping smokers and users of smokeless tobacco quit https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/tobacco-and-cancer.html
Quit Assist Resource Guide - phone and online support and counseling, quit resources, and testimonials http://www.quitassist.com/en/cms/Home/default.aspx 
TobaccoFreeCA - telephone and online resources and information http://tobaccofreeca.com/
Vaping-Public Health Advisory Fall 2019

The California Department of Public Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention have issued an advisory urging everyone to refrain from vaping due to a continued increase in vaping-associated pulmonary injury. 

 

Until the cause of the condition is known, the state is advising against ALL vaping. 

Recommendations from the California Department of Public Health

  1. CDPH urges everyone to quit vaping altogether, no matter the substance or source. For those who continue, you are urged to avoid buying any vaping products on the street and never modify a store-bought vape product.

 

  1. Anyone with a history of vaping who experiences difficulty breathing should seek immediate medical attention. Early treatment is essential to preserving your lung health. Your vaping products also may be requested for testing that can help determine the cause of the condition.

 

  1. If you decide to stop vaping, do not replace vaping with smoking combustible cigarettes. Ask your doctor for FDA-approved quitting treatments.

 

For those who vape and need help quitting, the www.nobutts.org/vaping can assist. For assistance in quitting 1-844-8-NO-VAPE

 

The updated number of cases, number of deaths and impacted states and territories are reported on the CDC Lung Injury website every Thursday at www.cdc.gov/lunginjury

 Veteran Resources

Merced College 1st Lt. Peter J. Gallo  Veterans Resource Center-
  • Veterans Certifying Official
  • Computers and Printing Services
  • Lending Library (Borrow Books)
  • Veterans Education Counselors
  • Veteran Peer Guides (English & Math)
  • Networking Opportunities
https://www.mccd.edu/resources/veterans/index.html