HHS team to assist KRMC in providing early treatment for COVID-19 to help curb hospitalizations 

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August 2, 2021

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HHS team to assist KRMC in providing early treatment for COVID-19 to help curb hospitalizations 

Kingman, Arizona, August 2, 2021 – Beginning tomorrow, August 3, healthcare professionals with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will assist Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) with providing early COVID-19 treatment to patients who meet specific criteria.

With assistance from the Mohave County Department of Public Health, HHS will help local hospitals manage the current surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations. A 15-member infusion team will begin a two-week mission at KRMC tomorrow.

Support from the HHS team will enable KRMC to treat more patients with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals monoclonal antibodies –a therapy used to fight COVID-19 infection early. The therapy, which involves a one-time intravenous (IV) infusion of the antibodies, is available to the following:

  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are within ten days of symptom onset
  • Unvaccinated individuals who have had close contact with a COVID-positive person
  • Vaccinated individuals who are immunocompromised and have had close contact with a COVID-positive person

Early intervention with this treatment can shorten the duration of COVID-19 symptoms and reduce the risk of severe illness and hospitalization. This is becoming increasingly important as a surge of patients with the Delta variant continues to strain hospital resources.

KRMC has established a dedicated outpatient clinic for providing monoclonal antibody therapy. If you or a close contact test positive for COVID-19, immediately contact the clinic at (928) 681-8699 to see if you are eligible for treatment.

Although monoclonal antibody therapy can help reduce risk of hospitalization, it is still extremely important to get the COVID-19 vaccine. KRMC COVID Services at 3116 Stockton Hill Road offers the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge to people age 12 and up.

People under 18 must have an appointment and be accompanied by a parent or guardian to obtain the vaccine. Call (928) 263-3945 to schedule a vaccine appointment. For adults, walk-ins are welcome 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, Monday – Saturday.

About Kingman Regional Medical Center

(KRMC) is a 235-bed multi-campus health care system in Kingman, Arizona that employs over 1,900 employees, 150 volunteers, and 329 physicians/allied health professionals. KRMC is the largest provider of health and wellness services in northwestern Arizona. It is home to an advanced imaging center, cancer center, cardiovascular center, rehabilitation and balance center, wound care center, sleep disorders center, acute rehabilitation specialty hospital, primary and specialty care clinics, hospice home, and beautiful wellness center. KRMC is also a teaching hospital offering residencies in emergency medicine and family medicine and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The hospital received the Arizona Innovation Award for its efforts to proactively enhance healthcare in a rural community. The hospital’s vision is to provide the region’s best clinical care and patient service through an environment that fosters respect for others and pride in performance.

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