COVID-19 Antibody Infusion Center at Fairgrounds Closes Friday – Community News

COVID-19 Antibody Infusion Center at Fairgrounds Closes Friday

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — The COVID-19 Antibody Infusion Center at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds, operated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), will close on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 due to a sharp reduction in patients requiring antibody therapy . Home antibody infusion services will still be available, and antibody infusion therapy is also available in area hospitals.

The antibody infusion center at the fairgrounds began operations on August 13 and served 2,183 patients through Monday, November 15. By treating these patients early, they prevented the symptoms from getting worse and increased the capacity of hospital beds so that resources were available for critically ill patients.

The state of Texas took similar measures for communities across Texas in early 2021. If the infections increase again, the antibody clinic can return quickly.

Monoclonal antibodies treat COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms with therapeutic drugs that can prevent their condition from worsening and require hospital care. Patients must meet certain criteria and have a referral from a doctor. The therapy cannot be used once a COVID-19 patient has to be hospitalized, so it is vital to seek medical attention as soon as you have symptoms.

The State has a mobile infusion clinic that provides therapy in people’s homes. The number to call for this service is 1-800-742-5990.

To be eligible for monoclonal infusion therapy, you must be 12 years of age or older, weigh at least 88 pounds, have a doctor’s referral, be within ten days of the onset of symptoms, and have a wrist oxygen level greater than 93%. You must also fall into one or more of these risk groups:

  • Age 65 or older
  • Obesity or overweight with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher
  • Pregnant
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • diabetes mellitus
  • hiv
  • Leukemia
  • Weakened immune system
  • cardiovascular disease
  • hypertension
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Moderate to severe asthma
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders

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