Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Statewide Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Success

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was at Broward Health to highlight progress made in Florida through efforts to expand access to live-saving monoclonal antibody treatments. Florida has 25 state-run monoclonal antibody treatment sites.

Since opening the first state monoclonal antibody site in Florida on August 12th, our state has experienced a more than 50% decrease in hospital admissions. Additionally, there has been a decline in hospital census for 24 consecutive days and COVID-like emergency room visits are down to the lowest point in nearly two months.

Micha Siegel, a Boca Raton resident who has received monoclonal antibodies, said, “Three weeks ago, I was fully vaccinated, had a family birthday party at my house, and we all ended up getting sick. I was sick for about two or three days before I got the treatment. The symptoms were… severe headaches, head congestion, colds, low-grade fever, and about 24 hours after [the treatment], it was basically gone. I think [monoclonals] are a great opportunity for everybody to know about whether you were vaccinated or not.”

President and CEO of Broward Health Shane Strum said, “As the world celebrated the arrival of the long awaited COVID-19 vaccine, another weapon in our arsenal against COVID became available. So, missing the spotlight shared by its vaccine counterpart, the monoclonal antibodies began being infused into recently diagnosed patients [and] really began to show a difference. As an early adopter [of] the therapy here at Broward Health, we actually started back on December 14th, and we really started to see the benefits of the treatments. Governor DeSantis took so much time to listen to our doctors, our nurses, our clinicians, spent a lot of time with our staff, to hear the [patient] stories and get a better understanding of what we’re actually doing here at Broward Health.”

Broward Health Medical Director of Ambulatory Services, Dr. Aldo Calvo said, “Thank you, Governor, for really putting a spotlight on a state and national level regarding the value of monoclonal antibodies. The way monoclonal antibodies work is through injecting the neutralizing antibodies and boosting the immunity of those patients with mild to moderate symptoms right away.”

Previously opened State of Florida sites are located at:

Alachua County

Fellowship Church

16916 Northwest U.S. Highway 441

High Springs, Florida 32643

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bay County

Bay County Fairgrounds

2230 East 15th Street

Panama City, Florida 32405

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Brevard County

Kiwanis Island Park

951 Kiwanis Island Park Road

Merritt Island, Florida 32952

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Broward County

C.B. Smith Park

900 North Flamingo Road

Pembroke Pines, Florida 33028

Hours: 7 days a week; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Charlotte County

Tringali Community Center

3460 North Access Road

Englewood, Florida 34224

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Collier County

Old Dollar General

1500 Lake Trafford Road

Immokalee, Florida 34142

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Duval County

Jacksonville Public Library

304 North Main Street

Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Escambia County 

Bayview Community Center

2001 East Lloyd Street

Pensacola, Florida 32503

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Flagler County

Daytona State College

Building 3

3000 Palm Coast Parkway Southeast

Palm Coast, Florida 32137

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Highlands County

Highlands County Agri-Civic Center

4509 George Boulevard

Sebring, Florida 33875

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hillsborough County

Kings Forest Park

8008 East Chelsea Street

Tampa, Florida 33610

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lee County

Old Bonita Springs Library

26876 Pine Avenue

Bonita Springs, Florida 34135

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Leon County

Vacant Sears

1500 Apalachee Parkway

Tallahassee, Florida 32301

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Manatee County

Manatee Memorial Hospital Complex

206 2nd Street East

Bradenton, Florida 34208

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Miami-Dade County

Tropical Park

7900 Southwest 40 Street

Miami, Florida 33155

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Okaloosa County

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds

1958 Lewis Turner Boulevard

Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Orange County

Camping World Stadium

1 Citrus Bowl Place

Orlando, Florida 32805

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Osceola County 

St. Cloud Community Center

3101 17th Street

St. Cloud, Florida 34769

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Palm Beach County

West Gate Park

3691 Oswego Avenue

West Palm Beach, Florida 33409

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pasco County

Fasano Center

11611 Denton Avenue

Hudson, Florida 34667

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.

Pinellas County

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

409 South Old Coachman Road

Clearwater, Florida 33765

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Polk County

Church at the Mall

1010 East Memorial Boulevard

Lakeland, Florida 33801

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

St. Lucie County

Havert L. Fenn Center

2000 Virginia Avenue

Fort Pierce, Florida 34982

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sumter County

Barnstorm Theater

2720 Brownwood Boulevard

The Villages, Florida 32163

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Volusia County

Ormond Beach Senior Center

351 Andrews Street

Ormond Beach, Florida 32174

Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

To find locations to receive monoclonal antibody treatments around the entire state, please visit floridahealthcovid19.gov.

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Source: EIN Presswire