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MAHEC opens COVID-19 antibody infusion treatment tent in parking lot

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MAHEC has opened the first COVID-19 antibody infusion service in Western North Carolina, in an effort to treat patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are also high-risk and prevent hospital stays. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

For the first time in Western North Carolina, there's another option for COVID-19 treatment without a hospital stay.

This week, MAHEC opened an monoclonal antibody service in its parking lot.

The lab is open to anyone who is high risk and has recently been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Dr. Jeff Heck, CEO of MAHEC, explained that the manufactured antibodies are given through an infusion.

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The process takes two hours inside this negative pressurized tent, and the goal is to make the virus less severe.

"It hopefully will prevent hospitalizations and reduce the load on hospitals that we are currently seeing, and enables people to get care outside of the hospital, early, quick, and safely," Heck said.

The tent was designed to treat Ebola patients, and it helps to protect the doctors giving the infusions.

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