Treating Recently-Diagnosed COVID-19 Positive Patients
DOHC provides easy access for infusion therapy and oral antiviral treatments
(February 14, 2022 – Palm Springs, CA) Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) offers monoclonal infusion therapy and oral antiviral treatments for recently diagnosed COVID-19 positive patients who have mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms and are at risk of worsening conditions. As detailed in a recent New York Times article entitled “When My Mom Got COVID, I Went Searching for Pfizer’s Pills”, the reporter understood the urgency of accessing the treatment for her 73-year-old mother as quickly as possible.
Those meeting eligibility requirements are invited to schedule an appointment at the DOHC Palm Springs Immediate Care at 275 N. El Cielo Road, Suite D-402 by calling 760-969-5888. All insurances are accepted and you don’t have to be a DOHC member to receive these medications. Whether infusion or oral, these treatments are for the recently diagnosed.
You may be eligible if…
You received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis but don’t need to be hospitalized, and have recently had the onset of symptoms – within the last five days for oral antivirals or are within 10 days of symptoms onset for infusion therapy. If you have one or more of these medical comorbidities, you may also be eligible for oral antiviral treatment with Paxlovid and/or Molnupiravir or monoclonal antibody infusion therapy with Sotrovimab:
- you are 65+;
- are overweight with a Body Mass Index of 25+;
- have chronic kidney or lung disease;
- have Diabetes Type 1 or Type 2;
- have a weakened immune system or are currently receiving immunosuppressive treatment;
- have cardiovascular disease/hypertension;
- have sickle cell disease;
- are living with neurodevelopmental disorder;
- have medical-related technological dependence;
- or are pregnant.
Other conditions determined by your medical provider may also make you eligible.
Two years into the pandemic, DOHC is as committed as ever
“We have worked hard to provide COVID-19 vaccine and treatment options for our patients and others in our service area of the Coachella Valley and the high-desert communities of Riverside and San Bernardino counties since the pandemic became a part of our collective reality,” said Marc Hoffing, MD, MPH and DOHC Medical Director. “A good working relationship with Riverside County allowed DOHC to be one of only four sites in Riverside County offering a range of therapies, like these antivirals and monoclonal antibodies.”
Lindsey Valenzuela, PharmD and AVP of Population Health Integration at DOHC added, “As one of the only local non-pharmacy sites, we offer COVID-19 therapy to our entire community, not just our members. We review each positive case to evaluate which therapies are appropriate given the patient’s medications, kidney function, ability to adhere to oral drug therapy versus a one-time IV treatment, and our availability of the appropriate drug.”
From the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic appearing in the U.S., Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) has been following the lead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make sure that it was ensuring the health and safety of its patients/members and the larger community. “Back in March of 2020, as the Delta variant became known to us all, we set up a COVID-19 triage and treatment tent in the parking lot of our main campus in Palm Springs,” said Hoffing. “That was soon followed by a second tent at our Indio location. As soon as COVID vaccines became available, we opened vaccination centers in Palm Springs, Indio, and Yucca Valley, so that we were providing easy access for everyone who wanted a vaccine. As of now, we have given nearly 85,000 COVID vaccines and more than 15,000 flu vaccines. Our vaccine centers continue to be busy on a daily basis, with many people now getting boosters as ongoing protection against other variants like Omicron.”
With variants like Omicron bringing higher COVID-19 positivity rates, the demand for the treatment drugs sometimes exceeds available supply. “Our providers, nurses, and pharmacists are working together to prioritize the needs of those in our community who are seeking care,” Hoffing added. “Our clinical teams can triage patients by assessing those needing immediate treatment by us, as opposed to those who can safely weather their illness at home, and those who really need to be seen at the hospital.”
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About Desert Oasis Healthcare
Formed in 1981 as one of the first medical groups in the desert communities of southern California, Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) continues to advance with changes in the healthcare market. DOHC provides primary and immediate care, home health, palliative care, clinical research studies and other services to more than 60,000 members/patients living in the greater Coachella Valley and the Morongo Basin of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The multidisciplinary and comprehensive care programs of DOHC are committed to educating individuals on preventive health care in their daily lives, reflected in the DOHC motto, "Your Health. Your Life. Our Passion." For more information, visit www.mydohc.com.