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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment authorized the  use of monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of COVID earlier this week. Chaffee County EMS (CCEMS), in partnership with Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) and Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH) will begin offering walk-up monoclonal antibodies treatment (mAb) beginning this coming Sunday, Nov. 28 at 9:00 a.m.

The mAb treatments offered, pending availability, are bamlanivimab/etesevimab, REGEN-COV (casirivimab/imdevimab) and sotrovimab. All three COVID-19 mAb treatments are currently under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of hospitalization and death.

Monoclonal antibody treatment works best early on when COVID virus symptoms have just been detected. It acts to prevent more serious illnesses.

Treatment dates and times will be:

  • Sunday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday through Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. through December 12, 2021.
  • The last treatment of each day will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The HRRMC COVID tent first set up outside the hospital Emergency Room on March 17, 2020, will now become the site of the monoclonal antibodies treatment that begins Sunday, Nov. 28. Photo by Dan Smith.

Administration of the REGEN-COV treatment will occur in the blue tent outside of HRRMC’s Emergency Department. All patients interested will enter HRRMC through the main entrance on Hwy. 291, and immediately turn right, parking in allotted parking spaces near the blue tent before the ambulance bay. Once parked, call 719-207-5734 for further instructions.

No physician’s order or appointment is needed to receive treatment; patients must self-screen for eligibility using the guide below. Additionally, all patients will be assessed by CCEMS prior to receiving any treatment. There is no fee for this treatment. It should be noted that REGEN-COV treatment is not a substitute for vaccination against COVID-19.

This is a pilot program. It will continue if a consistent community need for the treatment is apparent. The HRRMC Emergency Department will not be administering REGEN-COV treatment to outpatients during this time. Patients will not enter the hospital or Emergency Department at any time for REGEN-COV treatment

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, more changes may occur. Check HRRMC.com for the latest updates or call 719-530-2217.