COVID-19 Information & Resources

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Assistance:

As part of the County of San Diego Project SAVE Program, UPAC’s Community Health Workers can help you find a vaccine appointment. We can also accompany you to appointments for language translation and additional support.  Call or text 619-772-3598 or email for help in English. Call 619-772-3210 for Tagalog and 619-772-4045 for Vietnamese.

What We Do

Community Health Worker Communication & Outreach Services is a program designed to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate information and resources regarding COVID-19 to Asian Pacific Islander Populations. In support of the Live Well San Diego Mission, the County of San Diego is committed to providing education and outreach to deliver critical COVID-19 information to vulnerable communities. As a contracted collaborative partner, UPAC’s Community Health Workers offers credible and timely resources in various languages including Tagalog, Vietnamese and Karen, to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

A Community Health Worker is a trusted member of the community whose relationship enables them to serve as a liaison between health and social services and the community to share resources and improve the quality of service delivery.

Who We Serve

We are collaborating with various community partners to outreach to Asian Pacific Islanders in the San Diego County area. If you would like to receive outreach material or collaborate on this project, please contact Program Coordinator, Dominic De Los Reyes at


What is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

A new (novel) coronavirus that was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December of 2019.

What is COVID-19?

On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced COVID-19 as the official name of the disease responsible for causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. The breakdown of the name COVID-19 is “CO” for corona, “VI” for virus, “D” for disease, and “-19” for 2019.

What is the source of the COVID-19 virus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animal species, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. On rare occasions, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people.  Genetic analysis of this virus indicates it originated in bats, but whether the virus jumped directly from bats to humans or whether there was an intermediary animal host is not yet known.

What are the symptoms?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with any of the following symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This is not an all-inclusive list. Visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date list of symptoms. 

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