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Monoclonal Antibody Therapy

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy

 

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you may be able to get monoclonal antibody treatment.

This treatment can help keep you from getting seriously sick and keep you out of the hospital.

 

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Mobile Treatment Clinics Discontinued

The mobile mAb buses that were deployed across the state through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have been discontinued due to Omicron and the shortage of sotrovimab (the treatment used). 

Contact your health care provider to see what options may be available to you.

About the Treatment

Antibodies are proteins that exist in our immune system. They recognize and defend against harmful viruses and bacteria.

Monoclonal antibodies are made in a laboratory and designed to target a specific bacteria or virus, like SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19. Monoclonal antibodies are given to patients through a series of injections (shots). They must be given before someone is hospitalized with COVID-19.

Find Out if You Qualify

You might be eligible for treatment if you have:

  • Tested positive for COVID-19, your symptoms started within the last 10 days,
  • you aren’t hospitalized or on oxygen due to COVID-19,
  • and you are at risk of getting very sick without treatment.

People as young as 12 years old can get monoclonal antibody treatment. 

People at risk of getting very sick include:

People who are 65 years or older.

Older individuals are at an increased risk to get more severely ill or hospitalized due to COVID-19. 

These treatments can reduce your risk if you have been exposed to the virus.

People who are obese or overweight.

This includes adults with a BMI of 25 or more.

It also includes children age 12 to 17 who have a BMI in the 85th percentile or higher for their age and gender.

People with certain underlying conditions.

This includes pregnancy. See a full list from the CDC by clicking here.

 

Monoclonal antibody therapy is not a substitute for a COVID-19 vaccine

Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep from getting sick with COVID-19.

How do I find out if I’m eligible?

You may be eligible if you have tested positive for COVID-19, have mild to moderate symptoms, and are at high risk of developing severe illness; or if you are not fully vaccinated (or may not respond to the vaccine), have been exposed to COVID-19, and are at risk of developing severe illness. Monoclonal antibody therapy is not for use in patients who are hospitalized, on oxygen for COVID-19 treatment, or require an increase in baseline oxygen flow rate due to COVID-19.

What is the cost?

Monoclonal antibody therapy is free. It is paid for through Medicaid, Medicare, and many health insurance plans. Some providers may charge an administration fee.

Are there any side effects?

Most people tolerate monoclonal antibody infusions very well. Some people may experience infusion-related side effects, such as nausea and dizziness, that are short-lived and go away on their own. As with any medication, there is the potential for mild or more severe allergic reactions, which are uncommon.

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After Receiving Treatment

 After monoclonal antibody treatment continue to self-isolate and protect those around you by wearing a mask, keeping your distance, avoid sharing personal items, and frequent handwashing.

Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any allergic reaction or side effect that bothers you or does not go away.

 

Record 74 COVID-19 Cases Reported in a Single Day

Record 74 COVID-19 Cases Reported in a Single Day

Seventy-four positive cases of COVID-19 were reported to Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) on October 22. That number is nearly double the previous record (44) which was recorded the day prior.

Although it took four months for Mesa County to reach 100 cases, this week 118 cases were reported in a 48-hour period. The increase we are experiencing is not gradual, and not showing signs of plateauing. The dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases has prompted MCPH to take action to ensure our community can continue to track, treat, and isolate cases of COVID-19. 

“Mesa County’s positive cases have significantly increased over the past month. Most of this is due to informal gatherings between friends and family, and people showing up at work and other places while sick, in some instances resulting in sizable outbreaks,” Mesa County Public Health Executive Director Jeff Kuhr said. Each member of our community can help reduce transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. We must all take action to slow the spread of illness. MCPH urges all residents to:

  • AVOID crowds
  • AVOID confined spaces
  • AVOID close contact

If you are in a situation where these three things cannot be avoided, wear a mask as well as in public indoor settings as required by the current Executive Order. 

With case counts exceeding levels allowed, and because mitigation strategies have so far not shown a decrease in cases, Mesa County will move to the ‘cautious’ level on the State of Colorado’s dial. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment assigns levels based on the number of cases in a two-week period, percent positivity, and hospitalizations, all of which are trending upward. Under this new system implemented at the state level, each county is evaluated using key metrics. Communities move between levels based on these metrics.

MCPH and the Mesa County Board of Health are working to draft a local public health order, which will be in effect upon approval.

 

What Protect Our Neighbors Means for Mesa County

What Protect Our Neighbors Means for Mesa County

Since the announcement that Mesa County qualified for the Protect Our Neighbors phase of reopening there has been some confusion about the status and what is allowed under this latest phase of reopening in the COVID-19 response.

Protect Our Neighbors is community-specific, and different communities will be at different phases, based on local conditions and capabilities. Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has advocated for this type of local control, it’s one of the reasons we were among the first to be given this designation. The current local public health order outlines this next phase of reopening. The public health order supports Mesa County’s efforts to continue to open gradually and allows:

  • All industries (all types of businesses, establishments, and activities) may operate at 50% of normal capacity. 
  • Indoor occupancy is capped at 500 people.

Requirements under the public health order include (but are not limited to):

  • Use of cloth face coverings over the nose and mouth for interactions where physical distancing is not possible or when entering and moving throughout indoor public places.
  • Last call for alcohol sales in restaurants and in on-premises retail liquor establishments can be no later than midnight.

This new phase does not mean that illness from COVID-19 is gone from our community, or that businesses will be able to operate exactly as they did before the pandemic. “We continue to work alongside numerous community partners to ensure our businesses can operate, our students can learn, and our community is healthy,” Jeff Kuhr, Executive Director, Mesa County Public Health said. “We’re working toward a full reopening together, but we’re not there yet. The support of our entire community is essential in our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Residents, visitors, and anyone in Mesa County must follow the local order which is not interchangeable with the State’s order. All community members are strongly encouraged to visit the Mesa County Public Health website and read the entire public health order and outlined guidelines that are broken down by industry. We all must do our part to ensure success, and ask all residents of Mesa County to voluntarily comply.