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Pa. doles out 3rd round of remdesivir, which might help coronavirus recovery; these hospitals received it

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health has distributed the third shipment of the investigational antiviral medication remdesivir to treat patients in the hospital with COVID-19.

The medication was sent to the department by the federal government on Thursday and 8,928 doses of medication were shipped to 81 hospitals on Friday.

“The department is working to give our hospitals every opportunity to treat patients with COVID-19,” Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said. “It is important to note that there is limited information on the safety and effectiveness of using remdesivir to treat people in the hospital with COVID-19. However, it was shown in a clinical trial to shorten the recovery time in some people, which is why the Food and Drug Administration has authorized the emergency use of the medication for treatment.”

The Department of Health first distributed 1,200 doses of the medication to 51 hospitals across Pennsylvania on May 12, and a second round of 7,938 doses were sent to 79 hospitals on May 15 and Monday, May 18. The hospitals that have received these shipments were determined based on the number of COVID-19 patients at the hospital over a recent seven-day period, and the severity of the illness of those patients based on whether they are on a ventilator, the department said. The department is continuing to work with the federal governement to acquire more doses.

Remdesivir is given to a patient through an IV once per day for up to 10 days, depending on how critically ill the patient is. According to the FDA, remdesivir might help decrease the amount of coronavirus in a patient’s body, which might help them get better faster.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, diarrhea, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell.

Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying, the Department of Health reports.

Here are the hospitals receiving this third shipment. More details about the hospitals are available here.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Temple University Hospital

Abington Memorial Hospital

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest

Albert Einstein Medical Center

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Main Line-Lankenau Hospital

Tower Health System-Reading Hospital

Jefferson-Torresdale Hospital

Presbyterian Med Center-Univ of Pa Health System

St. Mary Medical Center

Lancaster General Hospital

Chestnut Hill Hospital

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital

Einstein Medical Center-Montgomery Hospital

Riddle Memorial Hospital

Jefferson-Frankford Hospital

Crozer-Chester Medical Center

St. Luke’s Hospital-Bethlehem

Jeanes Hospital

Main Line-Bryn Mawr Hospital

Pennsylvania Hospital

Methodist Hospital

Chambersburg Hospital

Nazareth Hospital

Geisinger Medical Center

Taylor Hospital

Lehigh Valley-Muhlenberg

Lansdale Hospital

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital

UPMC-Presbyterian

Main Line-Paoli Memorial Hospital

Chester County Hospital

Phoenixville Hospital

Doylestown Hospital

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

Geisinger-Holy Spirit Hospital

York Hospital

Geisinger Community Medical Center

PSH-St. Joseph Medical Center

St. Luke's Hospital Anderson Campus

Suburban Community Hospital-Norristown

UPMC-Shadyside

Holy Redeemer Hospital & Medical Center

UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital

Albert Einstein at Elkins Park

Jefferson Bucks County Campus

Delaware County Memorial Hospital

UPMC-Altoona

Regional Hospital of Scranton

Lower Bucks Hospital

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Brandywine Hospital Coatesville

St. Lukes Hospital-Allentown

Roxborough Memorial Hospital

Milton S Hershey Medical Center

Wellspan Good Samaritan Hospital

Temple University Episcopal Campus

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

UPMC-Mercy

St. Luke’s-Monroe Campus

Mount Nittany Medical Center

LVHN-Schuylkill Medical Center-East Norwegian

Grand View Hospital

UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Hospital

AHN-Allegheny General Hospital

Wellspan Ephrata Hospital

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono

Easton Hospital

Jennersville Hospital West Grove

AHN-West Penn Hospital

UPMC-Passavant-McCandless

UPMC-Pinnacle Lititz

AHN-Jefferson Hospital

UPMC Pinnacle West Shore

AHN-Saint Vincent Hospital

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

AHN-Forbes Hospital

AHN-Allegheny Valley Hospital