Florida Governor: Monoclonal Antibody Success in Pasco County

Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Monoclonal Antibody Success in Pasco County

NEW PORT RICHEY,  FL (STL.News) Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Floridians in Pasco County who have recovered from COVID because they received monoclonal therapies, including Congressman Gus Bilirakis and Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson.  Florida now has 25 state-run monoclonal antibody treatment sites.

Hear directly from monoclonal antibody recipients about their experience with the therapy…

Congressman Gus Bilirakis, representing Florida’s 12th congressional district, said, “I have diabetes and heart disease, so I always knew I was high risk.  I tested positive for COVID in January, and I had flu like symptoms.  When I thought about my kids, I decided not to take any chances and to get monoclonal antibodies – this is good stuff.  Within 24 hours of treatment I felt great, and I’ve seen people get better within five hours of treatment. Awareness is key, and we’re going to save lives with this.”

Senate President Wilton Simpson said, “I had COVID in December, and I had a fever and chills.  My doctor gave me this treatment and said, ‘24 hours from now you’re going to feel like a new person,’ and sure enough by then my symptoms had gone away.  The monoclonal antibodies treatment is very effective, and if you do this you will probably save yourself a hospital stay.  The Governor has made this such a big issue in Florida, and in bringing attention to this we’ve seen deaths and hospital stays decline.”

Ben Birge, a K9 Sergeant and SWAT team leader at the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, said, “I got my positive test and was fluctuating between a 101 degree and 102 degree fever.  My body aches made me unable to move.  Two days later I was able to receive the treatment.  At the site the employees were the most professional and efficient people I’ve ever had the pleasure of dealing with.  It helped me bounce back, and by the next morning felt like a million dollars.  I soon tested negative, and was back to work the following Tuesday, to perform the demanding things that we do in my profession.  I can’t thank the program, the people, and the Governor enough for what it meant to me, my family, and my team.”

Kyle Hatfield, who has contracted COVID twice and used monoclonals to assist with his second recovery, said, “In my recent experience, my symptoms began with a sore throat and a slight fever, and quickly my test came back positive.  I had no idea what the treatment was and had not heard about it until my wife shared articles and informational videos with me.  Getting the Regeneron treatment was a simple process.  I expected to be a little bit more stressful with the surge in cases and knowing that healthcare workers are working tirelessly.  I received the injections, stayed for an hour, and was done before 9:45 a.m.  After the treatment, I felt better and back to normal by the next day…I have been sharing my experience with people I know who are concerned about getting sick and those I know who recently tested positive, and I know they’re looking forward to bouncing back just as I did.”

Previously opened State of Florida monoclonal antibody sites are located at:

  • Alachua County
    Fellowship Church
    16916 Northwest U.S. Highway 441
    High Springs, Florida 32643
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Bay County
    Bay County Fairgrounds
    2230 East 15th Street
    Panama City, Florida 32405
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Brevard County
    Kiwanis Island Park
    951 Kiwanis Island Park Road
    Merritt Island, Florida 32952
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Broward County
    C.B. Smith Park
    900 North Flamingo Road
    Pembroke Pines, Florida 33028
    Hours: 7 days a week; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Charlotte County
    Tringali Community Center
    3460 North Access Road
    Englewood, Florida 34224
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Collier County
    Old Dollar General
    1500 Lake Trafford Road
    Immokalee, Florida 34142
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Duval County
    Jacksonville Public Library
    304 North Main Street
    Jacksonville, Florida 32202
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Escambia County
    Bayview Community Center
    2001 East Lloyd Street
    Pensacola, Florida 32503
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Flagler County
    Daytona State College
    Building 3
    3000 Palm Coast Parkway Southeast
    Palm Coast, Florida 32137
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Highlands County
    Highlands County Agri-Civic Center
    4509 George Boulevard
    Sebring, Florida 33875
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Hillsborough County
    Kings Forest Park
    8008 East Chelsea Street
    Tampa, Florida 33610
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Lee County
    Old Bonita Springs Library
    26876 Pine Avenue
    Bonita Springs, Florida 34135
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Leon County
    Vacant Sears
    1500 Apalachee Parkway
    Tallahassee, Florida 32301
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Manatee County
    Manatee Memorial Hospital Complex
    206 2nd Street East
    Bradenton, Florida 34208
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Miami-Dade County
    Tropical Park
    7900 Southwest 40 Street
    Miami, Florida 33155
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Okaloosa County
    Northwest Florida Fairgrounds
    1958 Lewis Turner Boulevard
    Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Orange County
    Camping World Stadium
    1 Citrus Bowl Place
    Orlando, Florida 32805
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Osceola County
    St. Cloud Community Center
    3101 17th Street
    St. Cloud, Florida 34769
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Palm Beach County
    West Gate Park
    3691 Oswego Avenue
    West Palm Beach, Florida 33409
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Pasco County
    Fasano Center
    11611 Denton Avenue
    Hudson, Florida 34667
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.
  • Pinellas County
    Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
    409 South Old Coachman Road
    Clearwater, Florida 33765
    Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Polk County
    Church at the Mall
    1010 East Memorial Boulevard
    Lakeland, Florida 33801
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • St. Lucie County
    Havert L. Fenn Center
    2000 Virginia Avenue
    Fort Pierce, Florida 34982
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sumter County
    Barnstorm Theater
    2720 Brownwood Boulevard
    The Villages, Florida 32163
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Volusia County
    Ormond Beach Senior Center
    351 Andrews Street
    Ormond Beach, Florida 32174
    Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

To find locations to receive monoclonal antibody treatments around the entire state, please visit floridahealthcovid19.gov.