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Palm Beach County opens monoclonal antibody COVID treatment site

A nurse enters a monoclonal antibody site, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Numerous sites are open around the state offering monoclonal antibody treatment sold by Regeneron to people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to tour the state touting the use of monoclonal antibodies as a treatment for those who get sick with COVID-19 and to relieve pressure on hospitals. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

The Florida Department of Health is opening five new monoclonal antibody therapy treatment sites, including one in Palm Beach County.
The treatments are for individuals who have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19 but who are not yet suffering severe symptoms.
One new site will open this morning at 9:00 at the West Boynton Recreation Center
located at 6000 Northtree Blvd in Lake Worth. It will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Other locations will be opening in Broward County, Duval County, Miami-Dade County and Seminole County. For a full list of state-run antibody treatment sites, click here.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Department of Emergency Management secured 15,000 doses of Regeneron from the federal government to increase Florida’s supply to 30,000 doses per week.

According to health officials, monoclonal antibody treatments can prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death in high-risk patients who have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19. The antibodies help the immune system recognize and respond effectively to the virus. According to the treatment guidelines, they should be administered as soon as possible after diagnosis.

Treatment is free and vaccination status does not matter. If you are 12 years and older and are at high risk for severe illness due to COVID-19, you are eligible for this treatment.
There is currently a standing order in Florida signed by the State Surgeon General that allows patients to receive this treatment without a prescription or referral if administered by an eligible health care provider.

In clinical trials, monoclonal antibody treatment showed a 70% reduction in hospitalization and death.
For high-risk patients who have been exposed to someone with COVID19, Regeneron can give you temporary immunity to decrease your odds of catching the infection by over 80%.
For more information, call the Florida Department of Health Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Support Line: 850-344-9637.