Gov. DeSantis credits monoclonal antibody treatment with drop in COVID-19 hospitalizations

Ron DeSantis in Viera
DeSantis says vaccines haven't worked as previously hoped.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis highlighted dropping hospital admissions for COVID-19 Thursday during a stop at Palm Beach County’s Department of Health, crediting the state’s monoclonal antibody treatment facilities with keeping COVID-19 patients out of the hospital.

DeSantis has been traveling the state to visit antibody clinics so people know that the state is running 21 sites offering the antibody cocktail should they get COVID-19. Twenty-one health sites the state has set up have treated about 45,000 people since mid-August when they got up and running, DeSantis said.

In Palm Beach County, about 200 people a day are getting the treatment at the state-run site.

The free, widely available treatment is changing the virus’ dynamic as more people understand they can get ahead of the virus, instead of waiting at home to see if the virus hits hard enough to require a hospital visit, DeSantis said.

“We’re close to 25% reduction in daily admissions over the last couple of weeks,” DeSantis said, standing behind a sign that’s been traveling with him: “Early treatment saves lives.”

“What we’re doing here is contributing to that, there’s just no doubt about it.”

On the other hand, the vaccine has proven to be something of a disappointment as far as developing herd immunity, DeSantis said.

“Clearly they’re not playing a stronger role in infection control as we had hoped,” DeSantis said of the vaccine.

Right now, 53% of Americans are vaccinated, with those younger than 12 unable to get the shot. In Florida, 63.4% of adults 18 and older are considered fully vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control still says vaccination is the best way to slow the spread of the virus and prevent infection.

The Florida Hospital Association reported Wednesday that 14,682 were still hospitalized Tuesday, representing a 9.7% drop over the last seven days. Two weeks ago, the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were at 16,973, about 13.5% higher than Thursday.

Pauline Becker of Palm City joined the Governor at the podium to tell about how she survived COVID-19 at 90 years old, with borderline diabetes and asthma.

“After the second day (of treatment), I felt remarkably better,” she said. “I recommend everyone take advantage of it, because it definitely helps you.”

DeSantis predicted that COVID-19 is not going away. Florida had its spike in cases earlier than other states, but their turn is coming, he said.

“Now I think people understand with delta how contagious it is with the fact that vaccinated people are still getting infected,” he said. “This is something you’re going to come in contact with. Now obviously … July and August, we’ll get a much better chance to get in contact with it than some other parts of the country, but as we go down, I do think you’re going to see it unfortunately go up” in other parts of the country.

Shortly after Thursday’s news conference ended, the Miami Herald reported that its calculation of the daily report of COVID-19 deaths showed a record high.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • Tom

    September 2, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Good going America’s Governor. Well done.
    Keep up the great work to offer and to do so,

    • Alex

      September 2, 2021 at 5:47 pm

      You say the same stupid shit every time.

      • Tom

        September 3, 2021 at 7:06 am

        Truth hurts you and your haters you pud. You can’t deal with it.
        Brilliant move with military precision.
        Over 20 monoclonal centers opened in days. He’s Making a difference in people’s lives.

        Just Like his efforts with economy.
        64,000 new jobs in Florida. 5.1 unemployment rate due to him. Eliminating fed stay home free money subsidy two months ago.

        America’s Gov getting Florida and America working again. DeSantis the best!
        Have you seen your POTUS’s non approval, At 42% disapprove. 53% want him to resign! Horrible.
        Potus is minus 11 in Florida. That alone will re elect America’s Gov.
        See with puds like you and the other Manchurians, life is good. How’s your Nikki Fraud doing, the profiteer $$$. Corrupt. You and peter h can go back to your curb.

  • PeterH

    September 2, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    Let me remind the Governor that when Covid was declining before Memorial Day 2021 Florida hotel occupancy rate was nearing 72%!

    Florida’s occupancy rate over the Labor Day weekend is expected to be around 60%.

    Thus….. less people in hotels…..less people in restaurants……less hospitalizations. The 70% effectiveness of Regeneron’s availability for the treatment of Florida’s 47% unvaccinated ….is in fact a small hospitalization recovery note. Vaccinated individuals make up a tiny percentage of the 16,500 hospitalized with Covid.

    Get vaccinated, wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands.

    • Tom

      September 3, 2021 at 8:24 am

      Yes, Dr Fauci disinformation want a be asst. You are a total liar. Florida 64,000 new jobs & 5.1% unemployment rate. DeSantis making difference in people’s lives unlike anti freedom blue states/Govs.
      America’s Gov delivers.
      Your POTUS negative -11 Florida.
      Approval rating, high 30’s to low 40’s.
      40 seat House swing coming.

      U and Alex, Dummycrats propagandists.

  • Kathy

    September 2, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Wasting more taxpayer money for a photo op.

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    September 2, 2021 at 7:42 pm

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  • Ron Ogden

    September 3, 2021 at 8:13 am

    DeSantis saves the lives of Floridians with forward looking efforts on the monoclonal antibodies. Meanwhile, Fried tries to figure out how to fudge her financials and Crist — anybody heard from Crist recently, except for a boilerplate statement mourning the loss of the airport service members, a statement I don’t think anyone read.

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