New therapy drug for COVID-19

A new type of therapy drug that has been shown to decrease the need for hospitalizations and emergency department visits in COVID-19 patients is now available in Minnesota.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has started distribution of bamlanivimab, a new drug for treating mild and moderate COVID-19 cases in Minnesota.

HHS secured a limited supply of this antibody treatment and is expected to continue weekly shipments to health care facilities at least through the end of 2020.

Only children and adults who are at high risk for severe disease will be eligible, and those conditions are listed in the Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization (PDF), which is posted on the MDH website.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.

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