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NMHS expanding access to monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID patients

Updated - The hospital system will begin administering the therapies at its locations in Tupelo, Iuka, Amory, West Point and Eupora, as well as the location in Hamilton, Alabama.

Posted: Aug 25, 2021 4:10 PM
Updated: Aug 26, 2021 2:36 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - North Mississippi Health Services (NMHS) is expanding access to COVID-19 monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatments.

The hospital system will begin administering the therapies at its locations in Tupelo, Iuka, Amory, West Point and Eupora, as well as the location in Hamilton, Alabama.

NMHS is increasing its capacity from 50 treatments to 76 treatments per day (all locations combined).

From NMHS:

  • For people who are at high risk for developing severe COVID-19 illness and have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus or are unvaccinated and have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, this promising mAb treatment has been shown to help prevent progression of the disease that might otherwise require hospitalization.
  • If administered within 10 days of onset of COVID-19 symptoms, the one-time therapy is highly effective in neutralizing the virus and preventing symptoms from worsening. The treatment may be administered intravenously (IV) or through subcutaneous injection.

“As we fight our most recent surge of COVID-19, the Delta variant, an instrumental part of our treatment is the use of monoclonal antibodies," Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jeremy Blanchard said. "If you have a COVID positive test please see your provider or seek an appointment to help prevent requiring hospitalization. We are looking forward to expanding our care by providing outpatient monoclonal antibody treatments to COVID-19 patients in our area."

Clarification:

  • NMHS is not providing Post Exposure Prophylactic (PEP) monoclonal antibody treatment to the general public due to capacity constraints.
  • NMHS is requiring a positive test prior to administration of monoclonal antibody treatment.
  • NMHS is asking patients with positive tests to be assessed by a provider to assure they meet criteria for monoclonal antibodies as determined by the FDA and to assure they have a clinical contact in case they were to have complications or worsening symptoms.

To confirm eligibility for the treatment and book an appointment, patients should contact their primary healthcare provider.

For more information about monoclonal antibodies visit crushcovid.com.

Note: Clarification added at 11:50 a.m. on Aug. 26, 2021. Edited further at 2:36 p.m.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 473413

Reported Deaths: 9214
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison32339474
Hinds30703575
DeSoto29814346
Jackson23263336
Rankin21111358
Lee14600217
Madison14043265
Jones13165218
Forrest12953233
Lauderdale11418297
Lowndes10249175
Lamar10048128
Pearl River8737209
Lafayette8078136
Hancock7324111
Washington6837147
Oktibbeha6820118
Neshoba6404201
Monroe6372158
Warren6326161
Pontotoc610393
Panola6071124
Bolivar6016143
Marshall5972118
Union564086
Pike5491133
Lincoln5232130
Alcorn520888
George457868
Scott451993
Leflore4401140
Prentiss437276
Itawamba436198
Tippah436180
Simpson4268111
Copiah425586
Wayne424863
Tate4234100
Adams4219114
Yazoo415886
Sunflower4088104
Covington407391
Marion4032100
Leake393185
Coahoma388198
Newton364474
Grenada3517101
Stone345657
Tishomingo324888
Attala321185
Jasper310262
Winston300391
Clay288273
Chickasaw282164
Clarke277487
Calhoun259739
Holmes259485
Smith243947
Yalobusha216747
Tallahatchie215649
Walthall205557
Greene204045
Lawrence203831
Perry196453
Amite193751
Webster191941
Noxubee174538
Montgomery169853
Jefferson Davis165541
Carroll159937
Tunica148434
Benton139433
Kemper137439
Claiborne125634
Choctaw124925
Humphreys123337
Franklin115227
Quitman101825
Wilkinson99835
Jefferson86632
Sharkey62120
Issaquena1916
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 768301

Reported Deaths: 13209
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1093481727
Mobile699891179
Madison48418589
Baldwin35707452
Shelby35193291
Tuscaloosa33029512
Montgomery32582664
Lee21908204
Calhoun20140377
Morgan19351318
Etowah18583433
Marshall17272259
Houston16139353
St. Clair14956276
Limestone14129180
Cullman14069235
Elmore14010245
Lauderdale13128272
Talladega12399215
DeKalb11890229
Walker10231312
Autauga9493127
Blount9418149
Jackson9115136
Coffee8646161
Colbert8324169
Dale8284159
Escambia6456106
Tallapoosa6394168
Covington6313157
Chilton6243133
Russell591654
Franklin563597
Chambers5240132
Marion4628115
Dallas4626178
Clarke451471
Pike450091
Geneva4252106
Winston407987
Lawrence4046102
Bibb396177
Barbour338968
Marengo320981
Monroe311547
Butler309783
Pickens298769
Randolph294055
Henry293856
Hale286081
Cherokee279850
Fayette272271
Washington243545
Crenshaw232265
Clay221561
Macon214454
Cleburne209748
Lamar187839
Conecuh177139
Lowndes169056
Coosa163631
Wilcox154335
Bullock147142
Perry134235
Sumter123335
Greene119241
Choctaw72325
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