Public safety officials are closely monitoring the recent spike in Covid-19 positivity rates, especially in Palm Beach County. The Omicron variant of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.529) was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 24, 2021. On November 30, the United States designated Omicron as a “Variant of Concern”, and on December 1st, the first confirmed U.S. case of Omicron was identified. Twenty days later, Omicron is now the dominant strain of coronavirus across the United States, accounting for more than 73% of new cases last week, and is surging worldwide.
This rapid increase in COVID positivity has significantly increased the demand for Monoclonal Antibody therapeutics (Regeneron) offered by the department, leading to the depletion of the supply previously provided by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). Treatments provided by Palm Beach Fire Rescue have been suspended as of December 22, 2021. Orders have been placed with the FDOH and the department is waiting for resupply. Demand for Monoclonal Antibody therapeutics is currently far exceeding the supply available state-wide so the timing of resupply is unknown at this time. Palm Beach Fire Rescue will issue another press release, once supplies have been restored. In the meantime, those seeking Monoclonal treatments should check with the locations provided by the FDOH. Click on the following link for locations, which are searchable by City and County: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/monoclonal-antibody-therapy/mab-locator/