AUSTIN, Tex. (KXII) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Wednesday the state health department is giving five cases of remdesivir to three hospitals in the Sherman-Denison area to help treat COVID-19 patients.
According to the governor's office, Remdesivir may help speed up recovery time for hospitalized patients. They say preliminary results showed recovery times averaged around four fewer days for patients taking the drug.
The five cases of the drug were given to the state, along with 25 other cases, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
"The State of Texas is working swiftly to ensure our hospitals and medical providers have the resources they need to treat patients diagnosed with COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "I thank our partners at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for sending these cases of remdesivir to the state of Texas. 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."
The governor's office says the number of cases given to each area is based on the number of patients in the hospital and in intensive care in each hospital region.