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Antibody therapy promoted amid Minnesota COVID-19 spike, 2,553 new infections

State health officials are promoting an underutilized outpatient therapy amid rising pandemic activity in Minnesota, which has reported 6,864 deaths from COVID-19 and 524,203 infections with the coronavirus that causes the respiratory disease. The totals include four deaths reported Friday by the Minnesota Department of Health along with 2,553 diagnosed infections — the highest single-day case count since Jan. 4. The number of Minnesota hospital inpatient beds filled with COVID-19 cases increased on Thursday to 439 — including 112 cases requiring intensive care.
I just wish it would get used to help more folks — especially if this surge keeps up.
- JP Leider, PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health; Center for Bioethics Affiliate faculty, U of MN
"Even if they are under­utilized, monoclonal antibodies could be contributing to Minnesota's improving COVID-19 outcomes as well, said JP Leider, a University of Minnesota public health researcher and a coordinator of the Minnesota Resource Allocation Platform, which oversees the equitable distribution of