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San Juan Regional offers monoclonal antibody infusions for treatment of COVID-19

San Juan Regional Medical Center offers monoclonal antibody infusions for non-hospitalized patients with confirmed mild to moderate coronavirus infection within 10 days of the onset of symptoms.

Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful antigens such as viruses and can help reduce COVID-19 hospitalizations. San Juan Regional Medical Center offers Bamlanivimab/Etesevimab to treat patients who qualify.

These criteria that must be met for confirmed COVID-positive patients:

  • Must be within 10 days of onset of symptoms.
  • Does not require hospitalization or new or increased oxygen requirements.
  • Must be high risk for developing severe COVID-19 symptoms or the need for hospitalization.

In addition, those ages 18-54 must have at least one of the following:

  • BMI greater than or equal to 35.
  • Chronic kidney disease.
  • Diabetes.
  • Immunosuppressive disease, or receiving immunosuppressive therapy.

Those ages 55-64 must have any one of the following:

  • BMI greater than or equal to 35.
  • Chronic kidney disease.
  • Diabetes.
  • Immunosuppressive disease, or receiving immunosuppressive therapy.
  • Cardiovascular disease.
  • Hypertension.
  • COPD and/or other chronic respiratory disease.

Those 65 and older do not need to meet any additional risk factors

Patients may be referred for monoclonal antibody Infusions through the Emergency Department, Urgent Care or their primary care physician.

Infusions are given intravenously and take about three hours. The clinic, in San Juan Regional Medical Center’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Gym, is open from 7:30 to 11 a.m. and noon to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday.