Last updated 10/25/23
COVID-19 treatments are not substitutes for COVID-19 vaccines. Prevent serious infection by staying up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccines.
What are COVID-19 treatments/therapies?
If you test positive for COVID-19, different treatment options may be available to you. These treatments can reduce the risk of becoming seriously ill or hospitalized due to COVID-19.
If you test positive for COVID-19, talk to your primary care provider or an urgent care provider right away to see if you qualify for treatment. Don’t delay: treatment must be started within 5–7 days of when you first develop symptoms. This is especially important for those who are high risk and/or are not up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines.
You must have a referral from a health care provider to access these treatments. If you don't have a doctor and/or health insurance, scroll down on this page to see how to get treatment through the Health Department.
Learn more about the different types of COVID-19 treatments here.
Test to Treat
The nationwide Test to Treat initiative provides quick access to free treatment for COVID-19. Through this program, people can get tested and – if they are positive and treatments are appropriate for them – receive a prescription from a health care provider and have their prescription filled all at one location.
These "One-Stop Test to Treat" sites are available at hundreds of locations nationwide, including pharmacy-based clinics, federally qualified health centers, and long-term care facilities. Search for a Test to Treat location here.
A call center 1-800-232-0233 is available every day from 8:00 am to midnight ET to get help in more than 150 other languages. The Disability Information and Access Line is available to help people with disabilities access services. Call 1-888-677-1199, Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm ET or email [email protected].
How can I get free treatment if I don't have a health care provider and/or health insurance?
Washtenaw County residents who are 50+ years old, not up-to-date on COVID vaccines, and/or not very physically active* can get FREE treatment from the Health Department by joining COVID Plan4Health.
You can either sign up today so you're prepared if you test positive and need treatment later OR you can join right away after testing positive. It's free, easy, and can prevent you from getting really sick! Free at-home COVID tests also available through COVID Plan4Health.
This program is meant for Washtenaw County residents who are at high risk for severe outcomes from COVID and who don't have a regular health care provider and/or insurance. Those who have a health care provider should go to them for treatment. COVID Plan4Health is a partnership between the Washtenaw County Health Department and CareEvolution.
*Other things that can make you more likely to get very sick from COVID include being a current or former smoker, having conditions like asthma, cancer, or diabetes, and being overweight or obese. These are also qualifying factors for COVID Plan4Health.
Important treatment notes
- COVID-19 treatments are not substitutes for COVID-19 vaccines. If you aren't up-to-date on your vaccines, get vaccinated once you've recovered and are done with isolation.
- You are still considered to be contagious while using treatment. Follow isolation guidance while using treatment.
- WCHD: "What to know about COVID-19 treatments" flyer English, Spanish
- Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: COVID-19 Therapies
- COVID-19 Treatment Locator
- CDC: Treatments your healthcare provider might recommend if you are sick