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DeSantis: Monoclonal antibody treatment site opens in orlando, will see 320 patients per day
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference with the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Monday afternoon.


The governor was joined by AHCA Secretary Simone Marstiller, FDEM Director Kevin Guthrie and FDEM Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kenneth Scheppke.


The governor said that early treatment with monoclonal antibodies has proven to radically reduce the chances of being admitted to the hospital. He stated that Orlando will be opening additional monoclonal antibody treatment sites to treat COVID-19 patients.


The site, at Camping World Stadium, will be able to treat 320 patients per day and will be open seven days per week.


The governor stated that more sites would be open statewide.


DeSantis said vaccines help, but are not necessarily reducing the chance of COVID-19 transmission the way experts had hoped.


"The protection against severe illness is holding, but it is not bringing on herd immunity," he said. "The unvaccinated are still much more likely to be admitted to hospitals."


He urged anyone who tests positive, especially those at risk for severe illness, to seek out monoclonal antibody treatment early.


DeSantis stated that the treatment is entirely free. He said anyone looking for the treatment should visit Florida's patient portal.


AHCA Secretary Simone Marstiller stated that the opportunity for Floridians to access this treatment is so important.


She stated that her daughter, who is immun0compromised, contracted COVID-19 one week ago. Two days after she had symptoms, she was tested for COVID-19. Marstiller brought her to the monoclonal antibody treatment center, and at that time, her daughter's fever was at 105. By the next morning, the fever dropped to 99.6.


"The results of this treatment can be dramatic. It is true and I've seen it," Marstiller said.


Source: https://www.wesh.com/article/gov-desantis-florida-division-emergency-management/37319862 


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