BCFS Health and Human Services EMD is a nonprofit organization that helps people through various capabilities. To combat the effects of COVID-19, one of the organization’s efforts is to operate infusion centers offering monoclonal antibody treatments. It runs several centers throughout Texas, including one at the Montgomery County Regional Infusion Center (RIC) at the Woodlands Diagnostic Clinic Building in The Woodlands, Texas. Montgomery County, home to around 500,000 people, is a suburb of Houston.
Monoclonal antibody infusions are a treatment option for patients battling COVID-19. It sparks their immune system to reduce their viral load, which measures the amount of virus in a body. The FDA-approved monoclonal antibody infusions disrupt the virus’ spike protein, which is the part of the virus that latches onto human cells. By reducing the effectiveness of the virus, the infusions can result in someone experiencing a mild illness instead of requiring extended and expensive care in a hospital. The treatment reduces the strain on local healthcare providers and gives Texans and other Americans a fighting chance against COVID-19.
The organization’s Montgomery County clinic provides upwards of 90 people a day the lifesaving treatment and has treated more than 1,500 people over the past month. It’s operated in partnership with the Texas Department of State Health Services, through which BCFS Health and Human Services EMD also runs RIC locations in Bexar, Nueces, Travis, Webb, and Tarrant Counties.
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