Guadalupe Regional Medical Center COVID-19 Update – December 30, 2021
GRMC is currently caring for 6 COVID patients in addition to our non-COVID census.
GRMC’s Regional Infusion Center: Guadalupe Regional Medical Center continues to host a State operated regional infusion center for delivery of monoclonal antibody infusion to persons with active COVID-19 disease. The COVID-19 Omicron variant antibody treatment supply is very limited in the U.S. and locally. This limited supply requires that those at highest risk for hospitalization and/or progression to severe disease from COVID-19 be prioritized for infusion.
The Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) continues to provide staffing resources through a third-party contract to staff the infusion center.
Patients who test positive for COVID-19 with mild to moderate disease and risk factors for progression to severe disease may be candidates for monoclonal antibody infusions. Infusions are for treatment of active COVID-19 disease and should not be confused with the protective effect of vaccination.
Patients who are eligible for the monoclonal antibody medication and may benefit:
- Patient must NOT be hospitalized or require oxygen therapy.
- Patient must NOT require an increase in oxygen rate, if using for underlying condition, due to COVID-19.
- Patient MUST be within 10 days of symptom onset.
Patients who test positive for COVID-19 and meet criteria for the antibody infusion are encouraged to contact their primary care provider to obtain a referral for antibody infusion. Patients can contact the infusion center by calling (830) 401-7556. Please understand that due to the rapid rise in COVID-19 positivity rate the infusion center is experiencing a high number of referrals and calls, which may delay their response time. Doctors can contact the infusion center to obtain a referral form by faxing a request to (830) 401-8267.
On December 22, the FDA authorized the emergency use of the first oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19, Paxlovid. The medication requires an order from a licensed care provider and can be purchased at local retail pharmacies where available.
GRMC encourages the public to continue to practice prevention measures. Get vaccinated if your family doctor says you are an appropriate candidate.
Stay Informed: Guadalupe Regional Medical Center is committed to providing our community with updated information as warranted during this challenging time.
For further information, please visit our website at www.grmedcenter.com