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Florida to launch antibody treatment ‘strike teams’ as COVID-19 patients flood hospitals

Florida is launching a rapid response unit to administer monoclonal antibody therapies to residents fighting COVID-19, and developing “strike teams” to deliver the treatment directly to long-term care facilities, as Florida struggles with record-high hospitalizations. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the state’s efforts to increase monoclonal antibody therapies on Thursday. The first rapid response unit is opening in […]

SWFL health systems set to receive new monoclonal antibody treatment

Twenty more people who tested positive for the coronavirus were admitted to Lee Health hospitals in the past 24 hours Friday. Lee Health has 124 patients with COVID-19 isolated its hospitals, and nine COVID-19 patients are on ventilators. At NCH, 46 people are in the hospital with COVID-19. Southwest Florida will soon have a treatment […]

US allows first emergency use of a COVID-19 antibody drug

U.S. health officials have allowed emergency use of the first antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental approach against the virus that has killed more than 238,000 Americans. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday cleared the experimental drug from Eli Lilly for people 12 and older with mild or moderate […]

Expert says COVID-19 severity likely impacts how long antibodies stick around

Antibody testing is the key tool used to determine exposure to the coronavirus. But a new study shows that antibodies fade after a few months. We spoke to an expert about how long antibodies to COVID-19 last in people and spoke to someone who tested positive for the virus Tuesday. The severity of the illness […]

NCH purchases advanced equipment to speed up and increase coronavirus testing

NCH has confirmed Friday the purchase of high-tech equipment by Ortho Clinical Diagnostics called the VITROS XT 7600. The machine will give the ability to do large quantities of coronavirus antibody testing. The equipment is expected to be operational in late May and have the ability to ultimately process more than 1,000 samples a day […]