AdventHealth gives updates on COVID-19 vaccine distribution, holiday safety tips

AdventHealth doctors gave an update on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution and holiday safety tips Wednesday morning.

The hospital announced that patients in Central Florida now have the option to receive another treatment for COVID-19. AdventHealth has opened a clinic offering monoclonal antibody therapies.

AdventHealth said it is treating patients with the monoclonal antibody bamlanivimab, as well as a combination therapy of the monoclonal antibody treatments casirivimab and imdevimab, commonly known as Regeneron.

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Both treatments are intended for those who have developed symptoms within the past 10 days are not hospitalized or on oxygen, but are at high risk for a more severe case of the virus.

“We are encouraged by early results of this treatment and pleased to offer it to patients in Central Florida,” said Dr. Michael Cacciatore, chief medical officer of AdventHealth Medical Group in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. “This important option will help keep COVID patients out of the hospital, allow them to recover in the convenience of their home, and ultimately - save lives. I encourage physicians and qualified patients in our community to take advantage of this pioneering treatment.”

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The monoclonal antibodies are the latest in a suite of innovative treatments offered by AdventHealth, including remdesivir, sarilumab, dexamethasone and convalescent plasma.

Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.