Skip to main content

Yakima Valley Memorial Now Offering Monoclonal Antibody Therapy at COVID Assessment & Treatment Clinic

Community news | Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Contact: Bridget Turrell

YAKIMA — Yakima Valley Memorial is offering a promising new treatment for high-risk COVID-19 patients at our new COVID Assessment & Treatment Clinic. Early intervention with monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy can reduce the risk of severe illness and hospitalization for people with COVID-19 who are at high risk of developing serious illness.

It is available as a subcutaneous injection only with a provider's referral.

Patients may be eligible if they meet the following criteria:

  • Are age 12 and older
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 and 7 days or less have passed since symptom onset
  • Are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated OR vaccinated and older than 70 years of age
  • OR vaccinated with moderate/severe immunosuppression

Risk factors for severe illness and hospitalization with COVID-19 include:

  • Older age 65 or older
  • Obesity adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or more, or if age 12-17, a BMI in the 90th percentile for your age and gender based on CDC growth charts
  • Currently Pregnant
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Immunosuppressive disease or immunosuppressive treatment
  • Cardiovascular disease or hypertension
  • Chronic lung diseases
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders such as cerebral palsy or other genetic or metabolic syndromes

Memorial's COVID Assessment & Treatment Clinic (CAAT) is located at 1607 Creekside Loop, Ste. 100, Yakima. Monoclonal antibody therapy is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri (except from noon-1 p.m.). Phone: 509-225-2091. The supply of mAb is limited, so it is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Patients are not able to self-schedule. Most insurance is accepted, but patients should check with their insurance carrier.

Though this treatment can help after infection, Yakima Valley Memorial and the Yakima Health District would like to remind you that vaccination and masking are the gold standards in preventing COVID-19 infection. "We are excited to have this new treatment available for COVID-19 in our community. While this treatment option is available, we must keep in mind that the best way to protect yourself in our community is to get vaccinated and follow public health recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We know that vaccines are by far the most effective measure to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death. It is important we all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community." — Dr. Neil Barg, Health Officer, Yakima Health District, and director of hospital epidemiology at Yakima Valley Memorial.