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DeSantis announces antibody treatment “strike teams” in Florida as COVID-19 patients flood hospitals

Florida is launching a fast response unit to manage monoclonal antibody therapies to residents combating COVID-19, and creating “strike teams” to ship the treatment on to long-term care services, as Florida struggles with record-high hospitalizations. 

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis introduced the state’s efforts to extend monoclonal antibody therapies on Thursday. The first fast response unit is opening in Jacksonville, and the state is contemplating extra places all through the state. Federal well being officers stated Thursday they deployed 5 occasions as many ventilators to Florida in July as they did in June, as the Delta variant tears via communities, particularly threatening the unvaccinated.

“I am proud to announce the opening of this rapid response unit to offer lifesaving monoclonal antibody therapies for Floridians,” DeSantis stated in an announcement Thursday. “We also look forward to setting up a long-term site at the Jacksonville Public Library and additional long-term sites across the state. These treatments have been proven successful, with clinical trials resulting in a 70% reduction in hospitalization and death for COVID patients.”

It’s not clear when the strike groups underneath improvement will probably be deployed to Florida’s long-term care services. The antibody treatment is permitted for anybody 12 years and older. 

With roughly 60% of Florida adults totally vaccinated, Florida isn’t among the many states with the bottom vaccination charges. But many youthful adults haven’t gotten the photographs, and youngsters underneath 12 aren’t but eligible. Florida averaged 13,390 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 during the last seven days, in line with Centers for Disease Control information. 

Florida, like many states in the nation, is combating excessive ranges of hospitalizations. 

CDC information.

The Delta variant has ravaged the state, crowing many hospitals. In Brevard County officers are urging residents to make use of 911 sparingly as COVID-19 instances overflow native hospitals and ambulance companies. 

DeSantis has prohibited college districts from imposing masks mandates, and Florida legislation prohibits even impartial companies from imposing vaccine necessities. A college board in Broward County, Florida, voted earlier this week to impose a masks mandate anyway.