Nueces County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are suffering mild or moderate symptoms can now receive a treatment at home.
A mobile team will bring the monoclonal antibody infusion treatment to people who can’t leave their homes, whether because of age, medical conditions or lack of transportation.
Local officials have urged COVID-19 patients to seek the free treatment to prevent symptoms from worsening, which could then require a hospital visit.
Thirty-four percent of hospital patients in Nueces County’s region are being treated for the disease. Though the rate has fallen after peaking at 39% last week, “34% is terrible,” County Judge Barbara Canales said during a public briefing Wednesday.
The COVID-19 hospitalization rate was 2% in late June.
The county also gives IV treatments at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown and injections at the COVID-19 Outpatient Center at the former Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial.
Monoclonal antibodies are approved for people 12 and older who weigh at least 88 pounds.
To schedule an in-home treatment, call 800-742-5990.
Patients calling for an in-home treatment need a doctor’s referral. Those who do not have a doctor can call 361-826-8019 for a referral.
The surge continues
August was a grim month for Nueces County. The county saw the greatest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in one month — 11,945 — than at any point in the pandemic and hit a record of 15 COVID-19 deaths reported in one day.
Officials estimated that COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in the county in 2020, and it may be the first or second leading cause this year, public health director Annette Rodriguez said.
And the virus is infecting more children than ever before. Almost 200 of the 495 cases reported on Wednesday were in people 18 and younger, Rodriguez said.
Almost half of the children hospitalized with the disease between March 2020 and June 2021 had no underlying medical conditions.
Local leaders continue to urge residents to seek COVID-19 vaccines.
More than 96% of people with confirmed cases between July and September were not vaccinated, and unvaccinated people made up 87% of those admitted to the hospital for the disease in the final seven days of August.
Vicky Camarillo covers enterprise topics in Nueces County and Texas. See our subscription options and special offers at Caller.com/subscribe.