COVID-19 Treatments

Updated 9/26/2022

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Treatments for COVID-19 have been developed and proven effective for people with severe symptoms, or those most likely to develop severe symptoms. There are a number of different treatments, such as monoclonal antibodies (mAb) and antiviral pills, and more are being developed. All of these treatments are available by prescription only, and though many of them are available in Benton County, supply is currently limited. 

Test to Treat Program

The federal government has launched a new program with the aim of providing locations someone can go from getting tested to receiving treatment in one stop. Because many of the treatments require a prescription from a medical provider, locations that are able to offer this full service are limited. 

One treatment, Paxlovid, can now be prescribed directly by a pharmacist. This is an oral antiviral pill, which is taken after you test positive for COVID-19 in order to reduce the chances of developing severe symptoms. Not all pharmacies will have Paxlovid available, and the Oregon Health Authority still recommends that you first seek treatment from your primary care provider if possible. 

Federal Retail Pharmacy Therapeutics Program

In order to provide access to oral medication for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and already have a valid prescription, the federal government has launched a second program to distribute those medicines. 

Rite Aid and Walgreens pharmacies have been designated as local access points because supplies of these medications are currently limited. Currently, only molnupiravir is available through this program. Molnupiravir is authorized for use in adults with mild to moderate laboratory confirmed COVID-19  who are at high-risk for severe COVID illness due to age or underlying conditions. 

In the future, additional medications and access points may be added to this program as supply allows. These access points can be found using the Test to Treat Locator, which lists what medication is available at each site.

Who Should Seek Treatment

If you test positive and are an older adult, or an individual who is at high-risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19, you should speak to a medical provider about treatment options as soon as you test positive, even if your symptoms are mild right now. It is very important to start treatment within the first few days of illness for it to be effective. 

A medical provider will be able to assess your eligibility, answer any questions you have, and write a prescription for the appropriate COVID-19 treatment.