Friday, Oct. 29, 2021
News Release #164-20
St. Lucie County
2300 Virginia Ave.
Fort Pierce, Fla. 34982
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Erick Gill, Communications Division Director
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
St. Lucie County Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Center Relocating to Fairgrounds
ST. LUCIE COUNTY – The state-run Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Treatment Center at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Fort Pierce is relocating to the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds.
The Fenn Center location will stop treating patients this weekend. Treatments will resume at the St. Lucie Fairgrounds – Building C, located at 15601 Midway Road in Fort Pierce, on Monday, Nov. 1, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice.
This state-run Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Treatment Site is for patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or considered high risk if infected. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged and can be made at patientportalfl.com.
The administered antibodies help the immune system recognize and respond effectively to the COVID-19 virus. According to treatment guidelines, they should be administered as soon as possible after diagnosis. By providing access to these treatments at these new sites, Governor DeSantis is alleviating demand on hospital resources and further making sure that Floridians have access to all potential treatments that can help them recover from COVID-19.
Monoclonal antibody treatments can be prescribed by health care providers to individuals 12 years of age and older who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are at high risk for severe illness and hospitalization. However, to support Gov. Ron DeSantis’ initiative, there is currently a standing order in Florida signed by the State Surgeon General that allows patients to receive this treatment without a prescription or referral if administered by an eligible health care provider. Such referrals are not required at any of the State of Florida monoclonal antibody treatment sites and treatments are available at no cost to patients.
To find other locations offering monoclonal antibody treatments, visit floridahealthcovid19.gov.