MCHD looking to offer monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19

August 19, 2021

MCHD looking to offer monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19

MOBILE, Ala. – Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, has announced that the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) will begin to offer subcutaneous injections of the monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 patients.

“MCHD is excited that we will begin giving subcutaneous injections for COVID-19 positive persons in the very near future,” he said. “Dr. Laura Cepeda, our Chief Medical Officer, has worked hard to get this project started.”

“Subcutaneous” means under the skin. In this type of injection, a short needle is used to inject a drug into the tissue layer between the skin and the muscle.

“If you are not vaccinated, you need to get the vaccine as soon as you can,” Dr. Eichold said. “Everyone who is vaccinated needs to wear a mask when outside of their home.”

The recent number of positive cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are at record highs in relation to COVID-19. The availability of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds is at an alarming low number.

“MCHD wants to thank off our healthcare providers in Mobile County for the hard work during this stressful time,” he said. “Each provider is making a difference.”