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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Jordan Valley Community Health Center, CoxHealth and Mercy Springfield are pleased to announce the tremendous success of the monoclonal antibody treatment center for COVID-19 patients in southwest Missouri. Since the State Emergency Management Association and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services approved the request for the center on July 23, 588 COVID-19 patients have benefited from the state-of the-art treatment. These are individuals who, without intervention, were at risk of serious illness or even death from COVID-19. The center has been staffed by the Missouri Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), which ends its deployment here on Friday to serve other parts of the state. Jordan Valley, CoxHealth and Mercy will continue treating patients who qualify for monoclonal antibody treatment at their individual facilities.
“We are thankful for this resource, which has undoubtedly saved lives in our community,” stated Director of Health for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department Katie Towns. “And we are so grateful to our healthcare partners including Jordan Valley, CoxHealth and Mercy for having the fortitude to build the capacity to continue the services offered at the center. This life-saving technology has been a tremendous asset that has helped us through a very difficult surge in COVID-19 cases.”
A New England Journal of Medicine study showed that treatment with monoclonal antibodies reduced the occurrence of symptoms from household contact of COVID-19 by 81%.
“It has been a privilege to partner with the state to provide monoclonal antibody treatment in our community,” said Alexis Brown, Jordan Valley Executive Director of Clinics. “Having access to this treatment has helped a large number of our neighbors stay out of the hospital and feel better quicker."
Monoclonal antibodies are created in a lab and given to a patient to fight the virus that causes COVID-19. The treatment can reduce the amount of virus in a person’s body, which means milder symptoms and a decreased likelihood of hospitalization. Monoclonal antibody treatment must be administered before the onset of severe illness and within the first few days of symptoms.
If you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19 and is at an increased risk for severe illness, contact your doctor or call 1-833-TREAT-COVID (1-833-874-2826) for more information on this treatment option.
Monoclonal antibody treatment is not a substitute for getting vaccinated. Those needing more information or to find a vaccination appointment can visit vaccine417.com or call the COVID-19 Call Center at 417-874-1211.
Inquiries from the public can be made by contacting the Health Department’s call center at (417) 874-1211 or by email at [email protected].
Media may contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at [email protected].
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