Possible Treatment Options for COVID-19

Possible Treatment Options for COVID-19

Treatment for COVID-19

Monoclonal antibody treatment can prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death in high-risk patients who have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19.

Treatment is free, although health care facilities may charge you for administering the medicine (giving the treatment by IV or injection). Vaccination status does not matter. If you are at high risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 you may be eligible for this treatment.

Talk to your doctor about treatment options. If you do not have a doctor, please call the Monument Health Nurse Triage Line at 605-755-1350 to find an appointment.

Who can get this treatment?

Antibody treatment can be used by people with mild to moderate COVID-19 who:

  • Test positive for COVID-19;
  • Are within 10 days of the start of their symptoms;
  • Are at high risk of progressing to severe COVID-19 infection or of needing to be admitted to a hospital because of COVID-19.

Examples of chronic medical conditions include:

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Immunosuppressive disease
  • Currently receiving immunosuppressive treatment
  • Having a BMI greater than 25
  • Pregnancy
  • Aged 65 years and older
  • Chronic lung diseases (e.g., COPD, asthma [moderate-to-severe], interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension)
  • Cardiovascular disease or hypertension
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., cerebral palsy) or other complex conditions (e.g., genetic or metabolic syndromes and severe congenital abnormalities)
  • Having a medical-related technological dependence (e.g, tracheostomy, gastrostomy, or positive pressure ventilation [not related to COVID-19])

Individuals who meet high risk criteria and test positive should contact their primary care provider about a referral for monoclonal antibody treatment within three days of a positive test result and no later than 10 days after symptom onset. If you do not have a doctor, please call the Monument Health Nurse Triage Line at 605-755-1350 to schedule an appointment.

Treatments are available across South Dakota. Learn more on the South Dakota Department of Health website.

Currently Monument Health uses these approved medications to treat patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19.

FOR PROVIDERS: COVID-19 Outpatient Therapeutics

Contact Us

To find out if you qualify for this treatment, call the Monument Health Nurse Triage Line.