County begins closing treatment centers for COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies

As the number of reported cases of COVID-19 continues to decline and hospitals in the region have built up more capacity to treat the virus, San Diego County has announced it will close its regional monoclonal antibody treatment operations.

Three of the four operational regional monoclonal antibody centers will close by the end of this month, according to the County Health and Human Services Agency. San Diego Family Health Centers will continue to provide monoclonal antibodies for prevention and for treatment by appointment only.

“Demand for monoclonal antibody treatment has steadily declined in recent months as COVID-19 treatments, including Paxlovid, have become readily available at the offices of medical providers and other locations,” said Dr. Wilma J. Wooten, county public health officer. “County Public Health will continue to monitor the pandemic to ensure community treatment needs are being met.”

Since the centers opened in February 2021, nearly 15,000 patients have been treated with monoclonal antibodies at 10 locations in the region. The development of the MARCs, prior to the availability of antiviral COVID-19 drugs in pill form, was a collaborative effort between federal, state, provincial and local partners and gained statewide recognition.

In the past seven days, a total of 2,634 COVID-19 cases were reported in the province, compared to 2,840 infections the week before. The cumulative total number of cases in the province rose to 919,938.

Since last Thursday’s report, four additional deaths have been reported to the HHSA, raising the cumulative total to 5,487.

The number of people in San Diego County hospitalized with COVID-19 has jumped nine to 189, according to the latest state data.

Of the patients admitted to hospital as of Thursday, 24 were in intensive care, with 241 ICU beds available

More than 2.68 million or 80% of San Diegans have received the primary series of one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines and are considered fully vaccinated. A total of 1,448,515 or 58.9% of 2,458,117 eligible San Diegans received a booster.

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