Gov. John Carney’s weekly COVID-19 press conference on Tuesday began with a large feeling of doom and gloom about the state’s current position in the fight against the virus, but good news came thereafter.
While numbers of positive cases and hospitalizations have increased in the last month, so has the testing. Coronavirus testing director A.J. Schall reported that in the last week the state has administered 52,000 tests.
In even better news, Curative, a testing partner with the state, has quickened its turnaround time to less than 60 hours, something the state was worried about last week.
This week, the state plans to host 24 testing events, including two rapid anti-gen test sites, with the goal of targeting seniors and asymptomatic young adults.
New Castle County will host 14 sites; Kent County four; and Sussex County six.
The state also plans to partner with eight more Walgreens this week to host testing.
The only hindrance on testing is the snowstorm in New Castle County, which Schall claims to be prepared for.
The state also announced that it has receive doses of what Carney called a “a really effective treatment” from the federal government.
The monoclonal antibody treatment neutralizes the virus and prevents the progression of the disease. However, it comes with multiple qualifications.
It’s for people at high risk (generally, those over 65), and the hourlong treatment via IV needs a doctor’s referral.
The treatment is only for people with mild to moderate symptoms, and it works best within 72 hours of getting the virus.
Bayhealth, Beebe, ChristianaCare, TidalHealth Nanticoke and Wilmington Veterans Administration will administer the treatment.
The first doses of the vaccine have been administered at Bayhealth to their own employees. The hospital was the first in the state to receive the vaccine, a total of 975 doses.
The remainder of the state’s first vaccine shipment, 8,775 doses, is expected to arrive Wednesday.
The state is also expecting the first shipment of the Moderna vaccine to arrive next week, around the time that the second shipment of the Pfizer vaccine arrives.