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Texas Opens Over 220 COVID-19 Therapeutic Infusion Centers

September 30, 2021 • 1:22 pm CDT
(Coronavirus Today)

Texas Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), in partnership with local officials, will open another COVID-19 therapeutic infusion center. Local partners include Burnet County, Baylor Scott & White Health Hill Country, and the City of Burnet.

The new facility in Burnet opens to the public on October 1, 2021, and has been provided with monoclonal antibodies to treat outpatient cases of COVID-19 with a doctor's referral.

This treatment is available at no cost to the patient.

In a related press release, Burnet County Judge James Oakley stated, "This life-saving treatment will serve many rural Texans."

One of the treatments offered is Regeneron's REGEN-COV Monoclonal Antibody Cocktail, which combines casirivimab and imdevimab. This treatment was designed to block the infectivity of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Gov. Abbott was successfully treated with REGEN-COV in August 2021, following two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-19 reinfection.

COVID-19 antibody infusion treatment can prevent a patient's condition from worsening and requiring hospital care. These facilities also help increase bed capacity in hospitals so that resources are available for the illest patients.

Governor Abbott, TDEM, and the Texas Department of State Health Services have established and expanded antibody infusion centers in communities across the state over the past several months. 

These state-sponsored infusion centers are in addition to the infusion treatment centers provided by more than 200 private health providers across the state.

Texans can visit meds.tdem.texas.gov to find a therapeutic provider.

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