Beginning tomorrow, August 3, healthcare professionals with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will assist Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) with providing early COVID-19 treatment to patients who meet specific criteria.
With assistance from the Mohave County Department of Public Health, HHS will help local hospitals manage the current surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations. A 15-member infusion team will begin a two-week mission at KRMC tomorrow.
Support from the HHS team will enable KRMC to treat more patients with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals monoclonal antibodies –a therapy used to fight COVID-19 infection early. The therapy, which involves a one-time intravenous (IV) infusion of the antibodies, is available to the following:
• Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are within ten days of symptom onset
• Unvaccinated individuals who have had close contact with a COVID-positive person
• Vaccinated individuals who are immunocompromised and have had close contact with a COVID-positive person
Early intervention with this treatment can shorten the duration of COVID-19 symptoms and reduce the risk of severe illness and hospitalization. This is becoming increasingly important as a surge of patients with the Delta variant continues to strain hospital resources.
KRMC has established a dedicated outpatient clinic for providing monoclonal antibody therapy. If you or a close contact test positive for COVID-19, immediately contact the clinic at (928) 681-8699 to see if you are eligible for treatment.
Although monoclonal antibody therapy can help reduce risk of hospitalization, it is still extremely important to get the COVID-19 vaccine. KRMC COVID Services at 3116 Stockton Hill Road offers the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge to people age 12 and up.
People under 18 must have an appointment and be accompanied by a parent or guardian to obtain the vaccine. Call (928) 263-3945 to schedule a vaccine appointment. For adults, walk-ins are welcome 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, Monday – Saturday.