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Minnesota expanding access to monoclonal antibody treatments amid COVID-19 surge

Josh Skluzacek
Updated: November 23, 2021 06:43 PM
Created: November 23, 2021 09:22 AM

Amid the surge of COVID-19, the state of Minnesota and M Health Fairview are expanding access to monoclonal antibody treatments.

Gov. Tim Walz's office said Tuesday that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will expand the hours and capacity at its St. Paul Clinic and has already requested additional staff support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the central region of the state.

Additionally, M Health Fairview is adding around 300 appointments for monoclonal antibody treatment at its Columbia Heights clinic, while MDH will add 140 appointments per week. The efforts will increase the state's capacity for monoclonal antibody treatments by 50%, according to Walz's office.

"From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we've worked hard to protect the health and safety of Minnesotans at every turn," Walz said in a statement. "That's why we're working to expand access to monoclonal antibody COVID-19 treatments for Minnesotans, strengthening our efforts to get Minnesotans across the state the resources they need to fight this virus."


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