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Woodland opens testing site to treat COVID-19

The new site will provide antiviral drug prescriptions if needed

By Rachel Shey [email protected]

Yolo County recently opened its first “test to treat” site in Woodland, located near the OptumServe test site at 2780 E Gibson Road. The new site allows Yolo County residents to take a rapid antigen test and possibly receive a prescription for the antiviral drug, Paxlovid, according to Yolo County public information officer John Fout.

Residents can come in, take a rapid antigen test and get their results,” Fout said. “If they test positive and have symptoms, they can get tested by the nurse to find out more about them, then they have a telehealth call with a doctor, and about an hour later they can leave with five days of pills, which is the amount they would take to complete the streak.

Paxlovid is the most effective anti-COVID-19 treatment the county currently has, Fout said. It must be prescribed by a licensed healthcare provider.

“If you take Paxlovid within the first five days of symptoms, it is 90% effective in reducing the risk of hospitalization or worse outcomes,” Fout said. “It is specifically intended for anyone over 65 or anyone with specific health conditions.”

Paxlovid consists of two different medicines taken together, depending on the Food and drug administration. A clinical trial showed that the drug reduced the proportion of people hospitalized or dying from COVID-19 by 88%.

Paxlovid consists of nirmatrelvir, which inhibits a SARS-CoV-2 protein to prevent the virus from replicating, and ritonavir, which slows the breakdown of nirmatrelvir to help it stay in the body longer at higher concentrations ,” the website reads.

Due to a shortage, the use of Paxlovid is limited only to those at high risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19. This shortage is caused by a lack of reagents used to manufacture the drugs, according to medicinal chemist Derek Lowe.

…to do DIBOC [a reagent needed to make Paxlovid] needs… another reagent called sodium t-butoxidee,” Lowe wrote in a blog post for Science. “But to do thisyou need t-butanol and metallic sodium, and it turns out thatThere is, of all things, a bottleneck for sodium t-butoxide because there is not enough sodium for everyone.

With the new test site to deal with, it’s still easy to get Paxlovid for free if you’re eligible, Fout said. The site is designed to help Yolo County residents access Paxlovid while they are still eligible to take it.

“One of the important things is that it’s free, both the tests and the treatment, and you don’t need to have health insurance of any kind,” Fout said. “Part of the problem is that people can’t get an appointment right away, either for a test or with their doctor. This type of time frame can be really critical to ensure that the treatment is taken within the five day period. That’s why it’s such an important option for people to use. »

Although cases of COVID-19 are on the ascendencouraging news comes in the form of the Yolo County depression hospitalization rate. As there are now many effective treatments for COVID-19, the burden on the county’s health care system is reduced and mask mandates seem unlikely to return, according to Fout.

“We’ve seen cases go up, we’ve seen test positivity rates go up, but what we’re still seeing, which is consistent with these new Omicron variants, is that the symptoms are relatively mild and the most people don’t end up in the hospital, and our hospitalization rates are very low,” Fout said.

Written by: Rachel Shey — [email protected]