Experimental COVID-19 antibody treatments underway in Knoxville


The treatment believed to slow the spread of COVID-19 in a patient's body

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — With a surge in COVID-19 cases expected and hospital capacity shrinking, East Tennessee health care providers are administering an experimental coronavirus antibody treatment believed to slow the spread of COVID-19 in a patient’s body.

Bamlanivimab is a monoclonal antibody therapy, according to a joint press release by the coalition of hospitals, the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Covenant Health and Tennova Healthcare.

The treatment is being administered on an outpatient basis to people who met specific criteria to receive it.

“The therapy is only meant for patients who don’t yet have advanced symptoms of COVID‐19, but who could develop such symptoms if the virus were allowed to progress. Patients who are already hospitalized cannot receive the drug, as it has not been shown to benefit them. It is also not for children under the age of 12.

“Our health systems are following community‐wide treatment guidelines which are as follows:

  • Patient must have a positive test for COVID‐19 (either antigen, PCR or molecular test).
  • Patient must not be hospitalized.
  • Patient must not have a new oxygen requirement or an increase in oxygen requirement above their baseline.
  • Patient must be within seven days of symptom onset.
  • Patient must be aged 65 or older OR have a BMI of 35 or greater.

“Our area health systems continue to work together on multiple fronts as a community to combat COVID‐19 with the goal of helping our patients recover and have the best possible outcome.”

The coalition also reminded the community to work together to minimize the spread of COVID‐19 by following the five core actions recommended by the Knox County Health Department and health systems:

  • Practice physical distancing (stay six feet apart and limit social gatherings).
  • Wear cloth face coverings.
  • Practice proper handwashing.
  • Clean/sanitize surfaces.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Coronavirus COVID-19 videos

Biden slams Trump for 'knowingly' lying on COVID

McEnany: Trump 'never lied' to the public on COVID

Trump bemoans virus restrictions in North Carolina

University of Tennessee relocating Massey Hall residents to make room for COVID-19 self-isolation cases

Coronavirus in Tennessee: Knox County reports 100 new cases, 157 new inactive cases

Knox County Health Dept. says plan in place for vaccine distribution

UT Chancellor: Some dodging COVID-19 precautions

Two Tennessee women participating in a COVID-19 vaccine study

Tennessee teachers asking for more safety measures

State launching COVID-19 schools dashboard

Knox County Health Dept.: Numbers reflect new timeframe for inactive cases

Clinton High School cancels next 2 weeks of games due to virus

UT chancellor: Fraternities trying to avoid COVID-19 precautions

Trending Stories

WATE 6 On Your Side Twitter