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Town of Palm Beach News Release

Posted on: August 25, 2021

Palm Beach Fire Rescue Offering Monoclonal Antibody Treatments Starting Thursday, August 26, 2021

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to permit the emergency use of Regeneron (REGEN-COV), a monoclonal antibody treatment to be administered, for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older weighing at least 88 lbs.) with positive results of Covid-19 testing, and who are at high risk for progression to severe Covid symptoms, including hospitalization or death. The FDA has also issued an EUA for those who have been exposed to COVID-19 and are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more, providing care at home to someone who is sick, having direct physical contact with the person (hugging or kissing, for example), sharing eating or drinking utensils, or being exposed to respiratory droplets from an infected person (sneezing or coughing, for example).

Palm Beach Fire Rescue has received a shipment of Monoclonal Antibody therapeutics to provide to its citizens that are at increased risk for potentially fatal outcomes from contracting Covid-19. The Town of Palm Beach is mostly comprised of older individuals who are more likely to be vulnerable to this virus. Our fire-based EMS system is uniquely designed to handle this mission and will make a difference in the lives of our community by offering this service free of charge.

The State Medical Director, who also serves as the medical director for the Town’s Fire-Rescue Department, Dr. Kenneth Scheppke is pushing for this treatment to be expanded due to the positive outcome from patients taking the therapeutic medication. 

The Regen-Cov monoclonal treatment is designed to treat patients that are within 10 days of symptom onset with mild to moderate symptoms. The treatment is not authorized to do the following:

  • treat patients that are hospitalized due to Covid-19, who require oxygen due to Covid-19, or
  • treat patients who require an increase in their baseline oxygen usage (in those with chronic oxygen use)
  • REGEN-COV is not authorized for pre-exposure prophylaxis for the prevention of COVID-19.

We are asking those who are interested to call 561-227-7092 to make an appointment. A member of Palm Beach Fire Rescue will take your information, conduct an initial screening, and schedule a time for a unit to come to your home to receive the treatment. Our department paramedics will arrive at your home to administer the medication and will stay to monitor the patient, or connect a patient to a healthcare provider via telemedicine for 1 hour. We require that the person receiving the treatment has an address on the island so that they can be treated in their home. A business address is not allowed, as we require a private residence to monitor the patient.

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