‘It’s like a miracle’: Seminole County looks to use IV monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — As Seminole County continues to vaccinate those 65 years and older against the coronavirus, county health officials are looking at ways to treat people who test positive for the virus.

The county is now looking at treating COVID-19 infections with IV monoclonal antibodies.

Seminole County medical director Dr. Todd Husty said the county is finalizing plans to administer IV monoclonal antibodies. It’s the same treatment President Donald Trump received after his COVID-19 diagnosis.

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Husty said he had two residents sent to AdventHealth recently, “and they got their infusions and they got much better in 24 hours.”

“It’s like a miracle,” he said. “It really does work.”

The treatment is available at a few hospitals in the area. However, there is nothing offered in the Seminole County area.

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The treatment is tentatively set to be performed at the health department.

The cost of the actual drug will be free. However, Husty said they will have to charge a cost to administer the drug but believes Medicare and insurance would cover those fees.

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Jeff Levkulich

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