Infusion therapy helping keep COVID-19 hospitalizations down as case numbers increase

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Seminole County activated its emergency operations center once again because of an influx in COVID-19 cases.

The majority of those infected are unvaccinated individuals.

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Seminole County Emergency Manager Alan Harris said hospitalizations are also on the rise but they could actually be higher if not for infusion therapy.

Health officials have been referring COVID-19 positive patients to get monoclonal antibody infusion. It’s the same thing former President Donald Trump took to recover after he got COVID-19 last year.

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“In some cases, we have been able to get individuals assessed and into monoclonal antibody infusion, and they feel much, much better only a couple of days later. That keeps them out of the hospitals so that the hospital systems’ numbers aren’t increasing as fast,” Harris said.

True Health started up an infusion center on U.S. Highway 17-92 in April. They treated 11 people in their heaviest month, but so far in July, they’ve already treated 15 patients.

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Dr. Karenna Senors, chief medical officer for True Health, said most patients feel better within 48 hours after, but the therapy should not be a substitute for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Jeff Levkulich, WFTV.com

Jeff Levkulich joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in June 2015.

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.