Updated Jan. 27, 2023
The omicron subvariant of COVID-19, BA.5, became one of the dominant strains of the virus in the fall of 2022 in the U.S. At that time, it was the most easily spread strain to date and is able to evade immunity from COVID infection and vaccination.
If you've been exposed to someone with the virus or have COVID-19 symptoms and are waiting for a test or your results, stay home and isolate from others.
Learn more about when you should get tested
You can also reach out to our experts using UC Davis Health’s convenient Telehealth Express Care for urgent needs or extended-hours video visits. Express care services are open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Learn more from our experts about omicron BA.5 and how you can protect yourself
If you have serious symptoms of illness, contact your primary care provider. UC Davis Health patients can use the MyUCDavisHealth symptom tracker to evaluate whether to seek help. Telehealth video visits and Express Care are also available.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and notify them of your COVID-19 symptoms.
If you test positive for COVID-19 at home, you can contact your primary care provider about a prescription for Paxlovid.
Patients who receive primary care or specialty care from UC Davis Health can schedule a telehealth video visit with Express Care.
To help limit spread of COVID-19, we have policies for visits to our hospital and outpatient clinics.
UC Davis Medical Center visitor policy