COVID-19 Treatment

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

If you have possible or confirmed COVID-19, below are some things you can do to take care of yourself and protect others in your household:

  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
  • Monitor your symptoms carefully. If your symptoms get worse, call your doctor immediately.
  • Stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. If possible, use a separate bathroom. If you must be around others, wear a mask.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you may be a candidate for monoclonal antibody treatment. See below for more information. 

Learn more from the CDC.

How can I get tested for COVID-19? 

If you would like to be tested for COVID-19 or be evaluated for treatment, you can visit a Banner Urgent Care or you can contact your primary doctor to request this evaluation. (If you are in Arizona, find a testing location near you.)  

Learn more about COVID-19 testing

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

Outpatient treatment is now available for patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 symptoms.

What is monoclonal antibody treatment?

Bamlanivimab/etesevimab from Eli Lilly and casirivimab/indevimab from Regeneron are both monoclonal antibodies that are infused directly into a vein. These antibodies are protective proteins that may help the body clear the virus faster and reduce symptoms when given soon after diagnosis. There are currently two ways to receive this treatment. Read below to find out if monoclonal antibody treatment is right for you, and the options available to receive the infusion. 

Option One: Outpatient Infusion Center

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, and someone from the Outpatient Infusion Center will contact you to review your order and schedule your infusion appointment. Outpatient Infusion Centers are available seven days per week, but may have limited availability on weekends. 

If you think you meet the criteria mentioned above, please contact your primary doctor or schedule an appointment with a Banner Urgent Care telehealth provider for a referral to one of our Banner Health infusion centers. If your healthcare provider would like to learn more about Banner Health’s monoclonal antibody treatment program, please have them contact us directly or learn about our Physician Treatment Information.

If you have already discussed your positive COVID result with a healthcare 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.

The Banner Health facilities currently offering COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments are listed below. When your provider completes and sends the referral information to one of these locations, a member of the Outpatient Infusion Center staff will contact within one to two business days to schedule your appointment.

  • Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix
  • Banner Baywood Medical Center
  • Banner University Medical Center South

Option Two: Banner Health Emergency Department

(Please check below for Banner Health available locations)

Monoclonal antibody treatments are available in select Banner Health Emergency Departments. If you think you might have COVID and might be a candidate for treatment, you can go to one of the Emergency Departments listed below. When you arrive, the Emergency Department may administer a COVID-19 test, evaluate your symptoms, and determine if you qualify for treatment. If you do, and you choose to receive the treatment, the monoclonal antibody can be administered during your Emergency Department visit.

The Banner Health Facilities that are currently offering monoclonal antibody infusions are listed below.
*Indicates that the COVID-19 monoclonal antibody infusion may be administered in the Emergency Department or in the Outpatient Infusion Center. 

  • Arizona
    • Banner Baywood Medical Center
    • Banner Boswell Medical Center
    • Banner Del E Webb Medical Center
    • Banner Desert Medical Center
    • Banner Estrella Medical Center
    • Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
    • Banner Ironwood Medical Center
    • Banner Payson Medical Center*
    • Banner Casa Grande Medical Center
    • Page Hospital*
  • Colorado
    • McKee Medical Center
    • Northern Colorado Medical Center
    • East Morgan County Hospital*
    • Sterling Regional MedCenter*
  • Wyoming
    • Platte County Memorial Hospital*
    • Torrington Community Hospital*
    • Washakie Medical Center*
  • California
    • Banner Lassen Medical Center*
  • Nebraska
    • Ogalalla Community Hospital*
  • Nevada
    • Banner Churchill Community Hospital*

What you need to know about COVID-10 monoclonal antibody treatments. 

These antibody treatments have not been approved, but have been authorized for emergency use by the FDA, to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age or older, weighing at least 40 kg) with positive results of SARS-CoV-2 viral testing, and who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization. This authorization is only for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of the emergency use of these antibodies under Section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.

What are the criteria to qualify?

In order to qualify to receive this treatment, you must test positive for COVID-19 and be less than 10 days from onset of symptoms, plus meet one of the criteria below:

  • Over 65 years old
  • Over 55 years old with comorbidities such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or COPD/other chronic respiratory disease
  • Over 18 years old with comorbidities such as diabetes, immunosuppressive disease, chronic kidney disease or obesity   

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
  • Allergic to any of the ingredients in the medication 

How can I get this treatment?

If you think you meet the criteria mentioned above, please contact your primary doctor or schedule an appointment with a Banner Urgent Care telehealth provider for a referral to one of our Banner Health infusion centers. If your healthcare provider would like to learn more about Banner Health’s monoclonal antibody treatment program, please have them contact us directly or learn about our Physician Treatment Information.

If you have already discussed your positive COVID result with a healthcare 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.

If you develop symptoms of COVID, seek care quickly. This will help your healthcare provider evaluate if you are a candidate for monoclonal antibody treatment. 

You can also schedule an appointment with Banner Urgent Care to be tested for COVID-19 and be evaluated for this treatment. 

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 both during your treatment. 

The full treatment appointment will last between 3.5 and 4 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. If you have patient who may be eligible for treatment, you can refer a patient to one of our infusion centers for treatment. 

Learn more about how you can refer patients for this treatment