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Legislative committee approves $21 million for COVID-19 treatments

By ThisIsReno

CARSON CITY – The Nevada Legislature’s interim finance committee today approved more than $21 million of federal funding to support COVID-19 treatments and an intermediate youth care facility in Clark County. 

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services was allocated $19.6 million to support the increase in access to monoclonal antibody treatment and other COVID-19 treatments in Nevada. 

The funding will give Nevadans access to oral antiviral medication and freestanding treatment centers, according to Gov. Steve Sisolak.  

“Treatments are incredibly important to Nevadans who have contracted COVID-19 to lessen the impact of the virus, and we are incredibly grateful for the resources to make the treatments more widely available,” Sisolak said. 

Monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 have been reported to cut the risk of hospitalization and death by as much as 70%.  The treatments are being provided at 48 Nevada hospitals, medical centers and clinics. While treatments are free, the funding will pay for the cost to administer the treatments.

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