Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for community providers
Updated Jan. 27, 2021
To our Community Physician colleagues:
A quick update about key elements of our pandemic response, and our physician referral status, at UC Davis Medical Center and our UC Davis Health clinics:
- Non-COVID referrals and procedures: As of this writing, we remain open for most tertiary and quaternary sub-specialty referral needs, while continuing to assist the community’s pandemic response with COVID-19 care, expertise and resources. Because of our size and our unique role as the region’s academic medical center, we currently have both capacity and ability to care for non-COVID-19 patients with high-acuity needs. We are continuing to perform necessary procedures, as defined by the American College of Surgeons and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, for patients with life-saving needs unrelated to COVID-19.
- New Post-COVID-19 Clinic: UC Davis Health launched this new multidisciplinary clinic to provide streamlined, comprehensive specialty care for COVID-19 patients with lingering or difficult-to-understand symptoms. The clinic is open to all post-COVID-19 patients who are at least one month past the start of their symptoms – whether testing positive or negative for the virus, and regardless of where they get their regular health care. Patients are primarily seen at our J Street pulmonary medicine location in Sacramento, with options also available at our regional primary care clinics and via telehealth.
- COVID-19 vaccinations: Since the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived at UC Davis Health on Dec. 15, nearly 10,000 employees and students have been vaccinated. Vaccinations of additional on-site providers and staff are continuing with the addition of the Moderna vaccine, and patient vaccinations began this week. We are also working in partnership with the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) to provide vaccinations for members who are not affiliated with other health systems. If you are not affiliated with a health system, and are an SSVMS member, please watch for a notification about being able to receive your COVID-19 vaccination from UC Davis Health.
- Safety precautions and video visits: Robust safety precautions remain in place at our inpatient and outpatient clinical locations, such as visitor restrictions, masking and distancing requirements, separation of COVID-19 patients, and admissions/pre-procedure testing. We continue to offer enhanced telehealth video visit capacity for many kinds of care – including initial consultations and follow-ups, so patients only have to travel to Sacramento for their actual procedures. Get more on how we're keeping our patients safe
- New on-demand care service: UC Davis Health has launched a new Telehealth Express Care service with same-day and extended-hours video visits for urgent, non-emergency issues such as flu-like symptoms, coughs, urinary tract issues, and GI problems. Visits are staffed by UC Davis Health primary care or emergency medicine providers, and available to anyone who has sought care from us in the past and has access to the MyUCDavisHealth portal or app on their smartphone, tablet or personal computer. Learn more about our Express Care
- Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19: There have been a number of media and journal articles about the lack of use, or availability, of bamlanivimab for patients who are at higher risk of hospitalization from COVID-19. UC Davis Health has set up two clinic locations to provide this monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 patients with potentially complicating co-morbidities.
- COVID clinical trials: UC Davis Health joined the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial in December, and is participating in several other clinical trials investigating agents such as remdesivir, stromal cells, and convalescent plasma. See the COVID-19 clinical trials listing
We’ll continue to keep you informed as conditions change – and as always, we’re here to help answer your questions. Thank you as always for your partnership.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance with your referral, or if you or your patients have questions about our services and safety measures at this time.
UC Davis Health Public Affairs and Marketing
Physician Referral Liaison Team
To request an urgent referral:
Call our Physician Referral Center at 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284), option #3.