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Roane General Hospital adds antibody treatments

SPENCER — Roane General Hospital in Spencer is working towards a healthy community by offering services to prevent and treat COVID-19.

The hospital announced the arrival of the two antibody treatments that help COVID patients Wednesday.

“Monoclonal Antibody treatment has been shown to reduce the severity of COVID-19 illness and decrease the need for hospitalization,” Roane General said. “The key to its use will be the early diagnosis of COVID-19 and infusion of the monoclonal antibodies within 10 days of the onset of symptoms.”

Those who have a positive COVID test can call the hospital at 304-927-6207 for more information about receiving the treatment.

According to the hospital, while Roane County is in the orange level on Gov. Jim Justice’s map this week, infection rates are still on the rise.

“It is important to look at all the numbers even though the color-coding system may not change, especially once counties or indicators reach the ‘red’ status, as numbers can continue to climb and not change the color,” the hospital said.

A coalition was formed to ensure the vaccination process runs as smoothly as possible.

Thursday, people 65 and older were able to receive the vaccine at the Spencer Armory and the clinic was open to all West Virginia residents.

According to the City of Spencer, about half of the county’s population — 14,000 — is over the age of 65. There were 97 doses available and they were all spoken for within 45 minutes.

“You can see the math on this makes it a long shot to get through and get scheduled at this time, but don’t give up,” the City of Spencer said. “Keep calling every week when the clinic is announced. Each week there will be fewer and fewer people calling the hotline as more get vaccinated and the amount of vaccines allocated to us increases.”

Phone lines have been busy with people scheduling vaccines but the shots are still incoming.

Roane General continues to offer drive-through COVID testing Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with results returning from two to four days.

For more information about Roane General’s COVID testing, contact 304-927-6246.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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