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Mount St. Mary’s Hospital to open antibiotic therapy clinic for treatment of COVID-19

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Posted at 12:54 PM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 12:54:57-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Catholic Health announced its first monoclonal antibiotic therapy clinic for the treatment of COVID-19 will open at Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston the week of January 4.

The clinic is designed for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 10 days and are 65 or older, or have other chronic medical conditions that could lead to hospitalization. The treatment is given intravenously by medical infusion, according to officials.

“Monoclonal antibiotic therapy has been shown to prevent escalation of the disease in high-risk COVID-19 positive patients,” said Thomas Cumbo, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Mount St. Mary’s Hospital. “Preventing hospitalization and disease progression in this patient population is so important, and this treatment is effective on both fronts.”

Officials say those with COVID-19 should contact their primary physician to discuss a referral to the clinic as an option in their treatment.