TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Scott & White Medical Center in Temple has received a supply of the antiviral drug remdesivir, which has shown early promise in speeding up recovery of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday morning.
The supply the hospital received is among 30 cases of the drug the Texas Department of State Health Services distributed to 15 hospitals across the state.
“Not only will this drug treat patients throughout the state, but it will especially bolster our mitigation and treatment efforts in communities experiencing surges in COVID-19 cases,” Abbott said.
Distribution of the drug was based on the number of patients with the virus who are hospitalized, the number in intensive care in each hospital region, and the number of ICU beds with each region.
Early results from a clinical trial indicate that remdesivir can shorten recovery time by three or four days.
Bell County is reporting nearly 250 confirmed cases of the virus with 150 recoveries.
Three residents diagnosed with the virus have died.
State figures, which include reports from Fort Hood, show Bell County has 260 cases.