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Antibody Treatment

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for People with COVID-19

Those who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 may be eligible for monoclonal antibody treatment. This treatment works to help your body fight a COVID-19 infection by limiting the amount of virus in the body. In clinical trials, this treatment was believed to have reduced the need for hospitalization among high-risk patients.

Who Can Get Antibody Treatment?

Antibody treatment is available to people who:

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Have mild to moderate symptoms that started less than 10 days ago
  • Are at least 12 years old and weigh at least 88 pounds
  • Are at high risk of becoming very sick and needing to be hospitalized because of COVID-19. For more information about who is considered to be high risk, visit the Minnesota Department of Health.

Who Cannot Get Antibody Treatment?

Antibody treatment is not right for people who:

  • Are hospitalized because of COVID-19
  • Need oxygen therapy because of COVID-19
  • Are on chronic oxygen therapy for underlying conditions and need to increase their baseline oxygen due to COVID-19

How Does Antibody Treatment Work?

The treatment involves an IV infusion of medicine which is given to limit the amount of virus in the body. Appointments last a couple of hours and following the treatment, patients return home to continue their recovery from COVID-19.

How Will I Know If I Am Eligible for Antibody Treatment?

If you have recently tested positive at a CentraCare COVID-19 testing site and may be eligible, you will be contacted by our Monoclonal Antibody team. During the initial conversation, our team will ask you questions and explain the treatment to see if it is right for you. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and there is no pressure to get the treatment.

The Cost

If you have insurance, CentraCare may bill your insurance provider for the cost to administer the drug. Patients will not pay a copay or out-of-pocket expense.

More Information About Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

The Minnesota Department of Health has a webpage with detailed information about monoclonal antibody treatment. Learn more

For Health Care Providers

Fax patient referrals to 320-255-7753.