NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - After the state ordered the halt of non-essential surgeries, that left a group of nurses available to help in other areas at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County.
Nurses administered at least 700 monoclonal antibody treatments in August alone, Chief Nursing Officer Heather Reid said. The hospital began providing the Covid treatment during the summer.
The infusions can help Covid-positive patients avoid hospitalization and severe symptoms.
Reid said the hospital also reached out to other hospitals to help distribute the antibody treatments.
“Not just Baptist hospitals but all hospitals,” Reid said. “Just to say, ‘Hey, we have some slots available. We’ve gotten through everyone on our lists that need infusions. Do you have people on your wait list?’ We’ve actually been able to help other communities as well.”
Reid encouraged anyone who is Covid-positive to talk to their doctor about getting the treatment. She described it as lifesaving.