Governor: 30,000 monoclonal antibody treatments have been administered at state-run sites

Woman seen in viral photo on floor of treatment center speaks alongside governor

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at the opening of a monoclonal antibody site Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. The site at C. B. Smith Park will offer monoclonal antibody treatment sold by Regeneron to people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier) (Marta Lavandier, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference Monday morning in Jacksonville to give an update on monoclonal antibody treatment centers across the state.

The news conference took place at 10 a.m. at the Duval County health department.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Tito Rubio, the interim Duval County health officer, attended the briefing, as well as Toma Dean, a woman pictured earlier this month in a photo that circulated online of a woman on the floor of a monoclonal treatment site.

She shared the story of her treatment experience, and encouraged others who might think they’re even “half as sick” as she appeared to be in the photo to seek treatment because she believes it saved her life.

DeSantis has been touring the state recently to open additional sites. So far, 21 state-run sites are open and offering Regeneron treatments. More than 30,000 treatments have been administered since the first site opened in Jacksonville, according to the governor.