While vaccinations are continuing to ramp up in Minnesota, COVID-19 cases are still an ongoing threat with many still being hospitalized for the virus.
State health officials say if you get sick with COVID-19, there is medication that can help your body fight the virus, but it’s important to act quickly.
The Minnesota Health Department recently released a video of information on one of these treatments, monoclonal antibodies. Here’s audio from part of that video.
“The medications, which include monoclonal antibody treatment, are for people who test positive and have mild to moderate symptoms. It’s important to act quickly because it can only be used in the first 10 days…”
Anyone who feels they may fit the criteria can visit health.mn.gov/covidmeds or should speak with their health care provider to see about eligibility and finding a nearby clinic. There’s also a Minnesota Helpline at 1-800-657-3504.. The hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Again, the MN Helpline number is 1-800-657-3504.
Meanwhile, vaccine eligibility has expanded in Minnesota to those 16 years of age and older, but priority is still given to older Minnesotans, those with underlying health conditions and essential workers.
Gov. Tim Walz and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty received their first vaccine doses on the first day of expanded eligibility.
Over 1.6 million people in the state have received at least one vaccine dose, along with over 80% of those 65 years of age and older.