Governor talks monoclonal treatment during visit in Tampa

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at the opening of a monoclonal antibody site Wednesday,...
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at the opening of a monoclonal antibody site Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. The site at C. B. Smith Park will offer monoclonal antibody treatment sold by Regeneron to people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)(Marta Lavandier | AP)
Published: Aug. 30, 2021 at 8:36 PM EDT
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TAMPA, Fla. (WWSB) - Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Monday during a news conference there are now 21 monoclonal antibody treatment sites in the state. Two of those are on the Suncoast, one in Manatee County and the other in Englewood.

DeSantis says so far there have been 30,000 people who have used the treatment sites across Florida. The aim of monoclonal treatment is to boost a person’s immune system to combat the disease.

“If you get this early using a monoclonal antibody, you have a great chance of staying out of the hospital,” said DeSantis.

DeSantis brought out several people that had gone through treatment. Mike Jaroch, who received the treatment said a day after getting it his major symptoms were gone. “For me, it was quite amazing and a miraculous thing for me because I didn’t know what to expect,” he said.

“This is indeed a game-changer,” said Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez.

“By day four of my COVID infection, I felt like I was knocking on death’s door,” said Amanda Watson, director of an assisted living facility in Bay County. “I was given the monoclonal infusion on a Thursday and by Saturday I felt 100% better. It was a game changer.”

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