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Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19

NOTE: We are currently operating at capacity, and we are not accepting new referrals for monoclonal antibody treatment at this time. We anticipate being able to accept new referrals beginning Sept. 21.

MAHEC is offering COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment to patients with symptomatic COVID-19. This treatment may lessen the severity of illness in high risk, mild to moderately ill people infected with COVID-19 and may reduce hospitalizations.

We are NOT currently offering monoclonal antibody treatment as prophylaxis for patients with a positive COVID-19 exposure. Due to capacity limits, we are prioritizing positive, symptomatic patients.

 
Due to increasing demand for COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment, beginning September 16, 2021 we will no longer be able to accept faxed referral forms. Referring providers should use our new online referral form found in the blue box below. This will help us streamline our process and allow us to accommodate more patients. Thank you for understanding!


Before proceeding, please review the following considerations. Those eligible for the treatment are:

  • Persons with a positive COVID diagnosis (PCR or rapid), AND
  • Mild-to-moderate symptoms that do not require hospitalization or a new oxygen requirement (or increase in baseline oxygen requirement due to an underlying condition), AND
  • Meet ONE of the following criteria:
    • 65 years of age or older
    • Adult with a BMI >25 OR child between 12-17 years old with BMI in the 85th percentile for their age and gender based on CDC growth charts
    • Cardiovascular disease or hypertension (high blood pressure)
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Diabetes
    • Immunocompromised
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Currently pregnant
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Neurodevelopmental disorder (ex. cerebral palsy) or other condition that confer medical complexity (ex. genetic or metabolic syndromes or severe congenital anomalies)
    • Medical-related technological dependence (ex. tracheostomy, gastrostomy, CPAP or BiPAP)
    • Current smoker
    • Current substance use disorder
       

Before we can schedule you, we will need:

  • A referral form completed by your primary care doctor:
  • A copy of your positive COVID test
    • Your doctor can upload this to the referral form OR you can bring it on the day of your treatment.
  • We must be able to schedule you within 10 days of developing symptoms; you become ineligible for the monoclonal antibody treatment after this time.
  • MAHEC will call you for a pre-visit screening. You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. We will schedule your appointment if a monoclonal antibody treatment is right for you.
     

What you need to know about REGEN-COV (casirivimab with imdevimab):

What to expect:

Arriving for your appointment:

  • Address: 123 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803
     
    • We are located across the street from the Texas Roadhouse.
    • Pull in at the TGI Fridays by the DoubleTree Hotel.
    • Go up the hill, follow signs for MAHEC. At the top of the hill you will come to a stop sign. Take a right.
    • Drive up a small hill and then down the hill behind the Family Health Center. You will see 8 parking spots that are reserved with signs for infusions.
    • Pull into one of the 8 parking spots and STAY IN YOUR CAR. 
  • Do not get out of your car. Wait inside your car with your mask on, and a clinical staff member will come escort you to the infusion space.

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Our schedule is full, and we are doing our best to accommodate as many patients as possible. This requires patients arriving on time.
     
  • The process takes approximately 20 minutes, and you will need to be monitored for 60 minutes afterward. Plan to be here for 1.5 – 2 hours.
  • You may get a text from MAHEC telling you to stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Please ignore this text.

  • If you need to cancel, please call us at 828-589-9750. Demand for monoclonal antibody treatment currently exceeds supply, and we would like to fill all spots in the event of a cancellation. 

During your appointment:

  • You will be seated in a chair and start the consent process.
  • A clinical staff member will administer the medication.
  • We will periodically monitor your vital signs.
  • Once your appointment is complete, you will receive additional discharge education.
     

Contact:

  • Monoclonal Antibody Treatment: 828-589-9750