BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- The Louisiana Department of Health has opened two new federally supported monoclonal antibody therapy treatment sites.
Each site will be open 7 days a week form 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an ability to serve more than 150 patients daily per site.
The first two federally supported mAb sites that opened on Sept. 12 are:
- Rayne Civic Center: 400 Frog Festival Drive, Rayne, LA 70578
- Leesville Hospital: 810 S. 10th St., Leesville, LA 71496
Three additional sites are set to open this week:
- Clinton Alternative Learning Center (Sept. 14): 9414 Plank Road, Clinton, LA 70722
- Rapides Coliseum (Sept. 15): 5600 Coliseum Blvd., Alexandria, LA 71303
- Burton Coliseum (Sept. 16): 7001 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, LA 70607
Louisiana received its first allocation of monoclonal antibodies on Nov. 12, and began administering to positive, symptomatic patients immediately.
In order to be eligible for mAb treatment, the patient must meet all of the following:
- Have a positive test for SARS-CoV-2 (molecular/PCR or antigen)
- Are within 10 days of the start of their symptoms
- Are at least 12 years of age or older and weigh at least 40 kilograms (88 pounds)
- Are at a high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization
Patients are reminded the procedure takes at least two hours. This includes 30 minutes to receive the infusion, then 1.5 hours of observation. For patients who are taking medications, they should take their regular doses before treatment. It is also OK to eat before the treatment.
For more information about mAbs, visit this site.