COVID-19 Treatment

Getting a diagnosis of COVID-19 can cause some uneasy feelings, but the good news is most people experience mild illness and can recover at home without medical care.

At Home Recovery

If your COVID symptoms are mild and you are able to recover at home without seeking medical care, it is important to still notify your primary care physician about your diagnosis. Your PCP may recommend over-the-counter medications to manage your symptoms, vitamins or supplements and at-home monitoring of your vitals.

Oral Antiviral Medication 

Oral antivirals such as Paxlovid and Molnupiravir have received emergency use authorization by the FDA for the treatment of individuals with mild to moderate COVID who: 

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 and have had symptoms for 5 days or less
  • Are at high risk for developing severe COVID-19, which may have led to hospitalization or death
  • Meet certain clinical criteria depending on the specific antiviral drug being used

These medications are being distributed by federal and state governments to certain retail pharmacies. If you are interested in being evaluated for antiviral medications, please contact your PCP or urgent care provider. If your provider determines that you meet the criteria, a prescription can be written and sent to one of the select pharmacies.

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

COVID Monoclonal Antibodies are available under FDA emergency use authorization for the treatment and prevention of COVID. It is administered by Banner Health at select locations, and requires a provider referral. 

Your provider will evaluate your medical history to determine if you are eligible to receive COVID monoclonal antibody. However, based on very limited supplies, not all eligible patients may receive treatment. 

What is monoclonal antibody treatment?

COVID monoclonal antibodies are protective proteins that may help the body clear the virus faster and reduce symptoms when given soon after diagnosis. Certain monoclonal antibodies may also be used to prevent COVID infection if  you have a compromised immune system. Read below to find out if monoclonal antibody treatment is right for you, and the steps to take if you think you may qualify to receive the infusion. 

Receiving COVID monoclonal antibody treatment

Banner Health is currently providing these treatments based on a referral from your regular healthcare provider or an urgent care provider. Your provider will send a referral to the Outpatient Infusion Center. Once the referral is received, someone from the Outpatient Infusion Center will contact you to review your order and schedule your infusion appointment. Outpatient Infusion Centers are available by appointment.

If you think you meet the criteria listed below, please contact your primary doctor or schedule an appointment with a Banner Urgent Care telehealth provider for an evaluation. If your health care provider would like to learn more about Banner Health’s monoclonal antibody treatment program, please have them contact us directly or visit our  Physician Treatment Information webpage.

If you have already discussed your positive COVID result with a health care provider but would still like to be evaluated for treatment, you can either refer your provider to this website or you can schedule a telehealth or video visit appointment with a Banner Urgent Care provider.

What are the criteria to qualify?

To qualify to receive this treatment, you must be at least 12 years old and have mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms that began less than 10 days ago. You also must be at high risk of developing severe symptoms or requiring hospitalization.

High-risk criteria includes:

  • Older age (65 years or older)
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Immunosuppressive disease or immunosuppressive treatment
  • Cardiovascular disease or hypertension
  • Chronic lung diseases
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders or other conditions that confer medical complexity =
  • Having a medical-related technological dependence

Who is not eligible for this treatment?

Individuals would not be eligible for this treatment if they are: 

  • Hospitalized for COVID-19 
  • Requiring oxygen therapy due to COVID-19
  • Requiring an increase in baseline oxygen flow rate due to COVID-19 in those on chronic oxygen therapy due to underlying non-COVID-19 related comorbidity 

What can I expect on the day I receive monoclonal antibody treatment? 

After you check in, you will have an intravenous catheter (IV) placed for medication infusion. Your provider will monitor your vital signs during your treatment. 

The full treatment appointment will last between 1.5 and 2 hours. Please know that during this time you will need to stay in the infusion suite and will not be able to walk around the building. 

FOR PHYSICIANS

How can I refer a patient for this treatment? 

Banner Health is accepting referrals for monoclonal antibody infusion therapy for treatment or prophylaxis. If you have a patient who may be eligible, you can refer a patient to one of our infusion centers for treatment. 

Learn more about how you can refer patients for this treatment