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Northern Arizona Healthcare offering monoclonal antibody outpatient treatment for COVID

Northern Arizona Healthcare began offering outpatient monoclonal antibody treatments in Flagstaff and Cottonwood this month, available for those with a high risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Monoclonal antibody treatment is the process of infusing lab-produced antibodies into the bloodstream, which are designed to target a specific component of COVID-19, reducing the severity of symptoms. 

Northern Arizona Healthcare is not using it as a method to prevent the virus and requires a positive PCR test to begin treatment.

Other eligibility parameters include everyone over 65, anyone who is immunocompromised, or people with health conditions that increase risk, such as diabetes or pregnancy.

FEMA is assisting in staffing the outpatient clinics, which Northern Arizona Healthcare says allows hospital staff to focus on other community health needs.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.