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San Diego offers COVID-19 treatment, Novavax vaccine | News

If you were infected with COVID-19, did you know there were treatments available that could prevent you from becoming seriously ill?

Have. But you have to act fast.

Antiviral pills and monoclonal antibodies should be given within a few days of symptoms to be effective. Therefore, you should get tested for COVID-19 as soon as you start showing symptoms. If you are over 12 years old and test positive and are at high risk of developing a serious illness, contact your doctor right away so you can receive treatment.

People with certain medical conditions are at high risk for severe COVID-19, including:

  • over 50 years old
  • asthma
  • cancer
  • chronic heart, lung, or liver disease
  • diabetes
  • HIV
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
  • overweight or obese
  • Pregnant
  • smoking, now and before
  • Not vaccinated or not vaccinated against COVID-19 on time
  • other factors, such as race and ethnicity

If you don’t have a health care provider, you can call 2-1-1 to find one. You can also call the Monoclonal Antibody Regional Center at (619) 685-2500 for free monoclonal antibody treatment, regardless of health insurance or immigration status.

“Monoclonal antibodies and antiviral drugs are great at preventing people from getting severe COVID-19,” said county public health officer Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH. “If you are at higher risk for serious illness, you should seek immediate medical attention.”

Treatment centers and medical facilities in the area may offer oral antiviral pills and/or monoclonal antibodies, which are administered by intravenous infusion. Your healthcare provider will determine the best treatment option for you based on your symptoms, age, and underlying medical conditions.

Novavax vaccine launched

Novavax, a more traditional COVID-19 vaccine, is now available in San Diego County.

You can get Novavax at local health care providers, retail pharmacies and community clinics, as well as county public health centers and community vaccination campaigns. You can make an appointment here or find a walk-in clinic.

Novavax has been licensed as a two-dose primary series, three to eight weeks apart, for people 18 years of age and older. Clinical trials have shown that the vaccine series is 90% effective in preventing mild, moderate and severe COVID-19.

Everyone 6 months and older can get it Free COVID-19 vaccine. For those receiving the mRNA vaccine, a booster dose is available for those 5 years of age and older. All eligible minors require parental consent to receive the vaccine.

Vaccination progress:

  • At least one shot: Nearly 3.01 million, or 90 percent of people in San Digan 6 months and older, were at least partially vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated: nearly 2.66 million or 79.5%.
  • Administered boosters: 1,432,313 people or 58.7% of 2,439,821 eligible San Diegos.
  • More vaccination information is available at Coronavirus – sd.com/vaccine.

death toll:

  • Thirteen additional deaths have been reported since the last report on August 4, 2022. The region’s total is 5,437.
  • Of the 13 other deaths, 4 were women and 9 were men. They died between January 21 and August 7, 2022; six have died in the past two weeks.
  • Among the dead, five were over 80 years old, three were in their 70s, one was in their 50s, and four were in their 40s.
  • Six were fully vaccinated and seven were not.
  • 12 had underlying diseases and 1 did not.

Cases, case rates and testing:

  • Over the past three days (August 8-August 10, 2022), the county has reported 3,097 cases of COVID-19. The region’s total is now 898,520.
  • 7,045 cases were reported in the past week (August 4-August 10), while 9,495 infections were detected in the previous week (July 28-August 3).
  • Incidence rates per 100,000 residents aged 12 and older in San Diego County were 52.03 (fully vaccinated and booster), 34.81 (fully vaccinated), and 103.28 (under-vaccinated San Diego).
  • With 6,748 tests reported to the county on Aug. 6, the percentage of new positive cases was 12.1% (data as of Aug. 6).
  • In tests reported as of Aug. 6, the 14-day rolling percentage of positive cases was 12.9%.

More information:

Data updated to County’s coronavirus-sd.com website It will be released around 5pm on Mondays and Thursdays, excluding holidays.

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