Heritage Health has opened a monoclonal antibody treatment center to reduce the worst symptoms of COVID-19 and prevent hospitalization for people with mild to moderate cases.
To receive a REGENCOV therapy treatment, patients must have a positive COVID test and a referral from a primary care provider licensed in Idaho. Individuals ages 12+ can get the treatment at the North Idaho Fairgrounds: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays by appointment only -- No walk-ins.
What to expect
Once your appointment is scheduled, arrive at the North Idaho Fairgrounds and park in the designated spots. Wait in your vehicle. Our staff will call you and then escort you back to the clinic. The treatment is provided on an outpatient basis via four subcutaneous injections. Patients receiving the injections will be observed by medical professionals for an hour before being allowed to leave the center.
REGENCOV, a combination monoclonal antibody therapy, has been authorized under the FDA's emergency use authorization. Monoclonal antibodies work by targeting the coronavirus spike protein, blocking the virus from entering your body's cells, and stopping the infection from spreading.
Monoclonal antibodies are free to patients, and there have been almost no side effects. The treatment is provided on an outpatient basis via four subcutaneous injections. Patients receiving the injections will be observed by medical professionals for an hour before being allowed to leave the center.
"This treatment has been shown to be most effective when patients receive it as soon as possible after testing positive for COVID-19," said Dr. Peter Purrington, Chief Clinical Officer for Heritage Health. "It can help reduce severe symptoms and hospitalization. Many patients who have received this treatment have experienced an improvement in symptoms shortly after receiving it."
Although REGENCOV is also indicated for patients exposed to COVID and have high-risk health conditions as Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, due to limited medication supplies, the treatment is currently only available for patients with a positive COVID test and mild to moderate COVID symptoms.
The antibody treatment is not a cure for COVID-19 nor a replacement for vaccination. If you have mild to moderate COVID symptoms and a positive COVID test, contact your primary care provider to see if monoclonal antibody treatment is right for you.
To schedule an appointment with your provider, call (208) 620-5250.