30K+ COVID-19 have received monoclonal antibody treatment in Florida

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Cap News Services) – Thousands of Floridians have already received monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 at one of the state’s 21 infusion sites.

Austin Harper was waiting for his father outside of a Tallahassee antibody infusion center on Monday who recently tested positive for the virus.

“He’s getting a shot right now. Hopefully, he gets to feeling better though,” said Harper.

He says symptoms came quickly for his dad.

“He felt really wonderful yesterday, and today’s he’s low on energy and don’t really want to do anything,” said Harper.

Gene Woods came for the treatment after his wife was treated Sunday.

“Oh, she’s great!” said Woods. “I say great, compared to how she felt before.”

Walk-in traffic was slow at the center on Monday with just a handful of cars in the parking lot. One woman told us the four shots were painless, what bothered her was waiting an hour after they were done.

Meanwhile, Governor Ron DeSantis said the treatments are working.

“Visits to the emergency department for COVID-like illnesses are down,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Agency for Health Care Secretary Simone Marstiller has first-hand experience with the treatments… her daughter.

“When we left the infusion center that Saturday afternoon, her fever was 105. By ten o’clock the next morning, Sunday morning, it had dropped to 99.6,” said Marstiller.

In the Capitol, Democrat Nikki Fried again called on people to mask up and get vaccinated.

“I am begging again, Floridians, go get vaccinated,” said Fried.

When it came to antibodies, she said talk to your doctor.

“Preventative medicine is still the best,” she said.

The treatments are free to patients and you can walk up, or schedule an appointment online.

Fried also said calls to poison control lines are increasing after some people have taken a veterinary deworming drug for COVID-19 and she cautioned people not to self-medicate.

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