Louisiana's monoclonal antibody treatment sites will temporarily close at various times throughout the holidays, but two sites are permanently closing.
Lafayette's Blackham Coliseum site will end operations on December 15 and the site at Big Lots in Thibodaux will do so on December 30. Several sites continue to operate in the Acadiana region; a full list is below.
Other sites are closing for the Christmas holidays. The following locations will be closed on December 24 and reopen at 7 a.m. on December 26:
Westwego: Segnette Field; south of John Alario Event Center
Houma: Houma Municipal Community Center
Thibodaux: Big Lots (closes permanently on December 23)
Natchitoches: Troy Mayeaux Ball Field parking lot (within East Natchitoches Recreation Complex)
Shreveport: Sci-port Discovery Center Mobile Unit
Amite: Florida Parishes Arena
The following sites will close on December 24 and reopen at 7 a.m. on December 27:
Baton Rouge: Baton Rouge General Mid-City
Clinton: Clinton Alternative Learning Center
Acadiana: Rayne Civic Center
All sites will close at 2 p.m. on December 30 for the New Year's holiday and reopen at 7 a.m. on January 2.
All monoclonal antibody sites are currently open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Treatment sites currently operating in the Acadiana region:
Rayne Civic Center
• Open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Call for an appointment 1-855-453-0774, opBon 4 OR
Walk-ins also accepted. But must bring a positive test results from testing site or lab.
• Christmas closure: Will close from December 24th through December 26th. Will reopen on Monday, Dec. 27 at 7 a.m.
• New Year’s Closures: Will close from December 30th at 2 PM through January 1st. Will reopen on Sunday, January 2nd at 7 a.m.
Ochsner Lafayette General
• Infusions at three OLG locations: Ochsner Acadia General Hospital, Ochsner Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital and Ochsner Lafayette General Orthopedic Hospital.
• Patients or providers should call to schedule an appointment, 337-571-8190.
Opelousas General Hospital
• Opelousas General South Campus 8 AM to 8 PM Monday through Friday.
• Patients or providers should call to schedule an appointment: 337-678-4700
Our Lady of Lourdes
• ScoF Emergency Department and Ambassador Caffery Lourdes Campus Emergency Department.
• No appointment needed, however this will be an Emergency Department encounter, so patients should be aware of the potential ED charge.
Abbeville General Hospital
• Healthcare Provider referred only. Providers should fax the referral to the Infusion Center at 337-892-6997.
More on monoclonal antibody treatment:
Monoclonal antibodies are man-made antibodies produced in a laboratory that can mimic the human immune system response to infection. mAbs are designed to block viral attachment and entry into human cells, thus neutralizing the virus that causes COVID-19.
Patients need to be referred by their doctor or other healthcare provider to a facility that offers mAb therapy such as a hospital or an infusion center. Walk-ins are also accepted at the new community sites; however, walk-in patients must have a positive COVID-19 viral test.
Patients with a positive COVID-19 viral test should speak with their healthcare provider to determine whether they are eligible for mAb treatment and to discuss potential benefits and side effects.
Monoclonal antibody treatments may be used for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients who are within 10 days of the start of their symptoms, at least 12 years of age or older and weigh at least 40 kilograms (88 pounds), and are at a high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization.
The federal government has developed a national map that displays locations with shipments of monoclonal antibody therapeutics under FDA EUA authority, within the past several weeks. The scalable map is at https://protect-public.hhs.gov/pages/therapeutics-distribution.
A call center is also available to answer questions and provide information related to monoclonal antibody therapeutic treatments at 1-877-332-6585 (English language); 1-877-366-0310 (Spanish language).
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