More Test to Treat Covid Sites in MN

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The Star Tribune reports that Covid-19 “test-totreat” sites are coming in Minnesota where patients could also get the antiviral Paxlovid drug at the site.

According to the Tribune, Minnesota is among the first states where The white House is sending federal clinical personnel to support current federal Covid testing sites in MN, where patients will be able to get Paxlovid ativiral drug.

Erin McLachlan, health care preparedness program manager with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), reportedly told that “in Minnesota, teams of doctors, nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants will be able to write prescriptions for patients who test positive for COVID at test-to-treat sites”.

We’ve always had a good partnership with the feds, and when we heard that this would be an asset that would be eligible to us, we applied for it. We’re looking forward to having them come.

– Erin McLachlan, MDH program manager (source: Star Tribune)

According to McLachlan, patients will receive the antiviral drug depending severity of their illness. “If you’re younger and you’re vaccinated, you probably won’t get that sick with COVID. We’re trying to keep the oral antivirals for those that would need them the most, or would get most sick from COVID.”

According to the Tribune, MN has 61 testing sites throughout the states, and the patients could get antiviral drug through their doctor’s office.

Quoting the Associated Press, the Tribune writes that White House COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha reportedly told that due to Paxlovid prescriptions, Covid deaths are slowing down nationally including Minnesota.

“We are now at a point where I believe fundamentally most COVID deaths are preventable, that the deaths that are happening out there are mostly unnecessary, and there are a lot of tools we have now to make sure people do not die of this disease,” Dr Jha reportedly told Associated Press.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of May 27) 746,456,955 doses have been distributed and 586,508,124 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data a total of 10,022,800 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of May 27) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,504,982 with 12,628 deaths.