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February 16, 2023
Treatment for COVID-19 is under-utilized in higher risk patients with acute COVID-19 infection despite having been shown to reduce hospitalization and death in these high-risk populations when started within 5 days of symptom onset. COVID-19 continues to cause 2,000 to 3,000 deaths per week in the U.S. High risk patients include those who are moderately to severely immune compromised or pregnant regardless of age, those 65 years or older, and those 50 years or older who have chronic health conditions.
DOH relaunched its popular telehealth program on February 6. This expands on the federal government’s Test to Treat initiative. More than 6,000 patients were served under the State program’s previous run (July-December 2022), and 70% of patients who connected with the program received some type of treatment, according to DOH. This service is currently provided by DOH in collaboration with partner Color Health.