Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates for UC San Diego Health patients and visitors. Learn More


COVID-19 Nurse Line

UC San Diego Health has set up a dedicated COVID-19 nurse line for our patients: 800-926-8273. This phone line is staffed 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you think you might have COVID-19, call the nurse line to discuss your symptoms BEFORE coming to any hospital or clinic. Do not walk in without an appointment or use online appointment scheduling. If you have a scheduled appointment and have respiratory symptoms that could be related to the coronavirus, please call before arriving.

Symptoms of COVID-19 inforgraphic

The symptoms of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) include fever, a new cough, new shortness of breath or a recent loss of taste or smell.

Next Steps After Nurse Evaluation

When you call, a nurse will ask a series of questions to evaluate your potential risk for COVID-19 infection. Depending on your answers, you could be directed to one of these options:

  • video visit with one of our providers
  • Testing for COVID-19 at a drive-up location
  • An Urgent Care clinic or the Emergency Department (ER) for an in-person evaluation

If you are directed to one of our drive-up testing locations, you will get information on where to park your vehicle along with a separate phone number to call the team when you arrive. A nurse or provider will meet you at your vehicle, give you a mask, and perform the necessary evaluation and testing.

For regularly updated information about UC San Diego Health care and services, see our COVID-19 information page.

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