Governor Ron DeSantis Announces A New Monoclonal Antibody Site and Highlights Patient Recoveries in Pensacola

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces A New Monoclonal Antibody Site and Highlights Patient Recoveries in Pensacola

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Floridians who have received monoclonal antibody treatments, and announced that Florida will open a new monoclonal antibody treatment site in Escambia County at Bayview Community Center.

The Escambia County site is located at:

Bayview Community Center
2001 East Lloyd Street
Pensacola, Florida 32503
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hear directly from monoclonal antibody recipients about their experience with the therapy…

Melody Hinson, a resident of Pace, said, “After I tested positive, I immediately got in touch with my doctor. Within two hours, I had an appointment to receive the monoclonal antibodies for the next day. I hadn’t heard a whole lot about it, but I went and got the infusion. When I got home that afternoon, my taste came back. The achiness, and all of that went away. We’ve been blessed by all this effort. There’s people here that don’t have insurance, and with the state sites and standing referral, they are going to be able to get this help.”

Yvette McLellan, who works for the City of Pensacola, said, “When I started feeling sick it felt like a head cold, and I was just coughing. I didn’t want to infect my coworkers, so I stayed home Monday and when I went and got tested, I was positive for COVID. My husband was positive by Friday, and he was a lot sicker than I was. We had the antibody infusion and were better that afternoon. I encourage everyone to go and get this antibody infusion as soon as you start feeling anything. The sooner you get it done, the faster you can start feeling better and that’ll keep us all out of the hospital. And thank you so much for pushing this. I encourage you all to get the treatment.”

Angela Moore, a resident of Pensacola Beach, said, “I contracted COVID on a Saturday evening. By Tuesday I couldn’t stand, and I had a fever of 99 to almost 103. Three days later I was able to get the monoclonal infusion. I went in there with a fever, and I came out after the treatment and I didn’t have any more symptoms.”

Sean Kramer, a retired Navy aviator who lives in Pensacola, said, “Two weeks ago I came down with symptoms after being vaccinated back in February. My symptoms were classic, loss of taste and smell. I contacted one of my doctors that I knew at the VA, and he said he was unaware of the monoclonal antibodies treatment. I sent him a link with information, and he suggested I go get it. Two days later, I tested negative, and got back to work. That was my goal, to not expose anybody else, and to get back to work.”

James Madarena, a local paramedic, said, “When I tested positive, I called a medical director that we work with, to ask him what I should do next. He told me to start driving towards Fort Walton, so that’s what I did. While I was in route, my wife scheduled an appointment online and once I got there I was in and out within an hour and a half. I tested negative four days later, with nothing more than a stuffy nose. I’m very thankful to have this treatment for those at risk and severe COVID patients. Our community is very thankful for you taking care of them, it is a true blessing.”

Previously opened State of Florida monoclonal antibody sites are located at:

Alachua County
Fellowship Church
16916 Northwest U.S. Highway 441
High Springs, Florida 32643
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bay County
Bay County Fairgrounds
2230 East 15th Street
Panama City, Florida 32405
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Brevard County
Kiwanis Island Park
951 Kiwanis Island Park Road
Merritt Island, Florida 32952
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Broward County
C.B. Smith Park
900 North Flamingo Road
Pembroke Pines, Florida 33028
Hours: 7 days a week; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Charlotte County

Tringali Community Center
3460 North Access Road
Englewood, Florida 34224
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Collier County
Old Dollar General
1500 Lake Trafford Road
Immokalee, Florida 34142
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Duval County
Jacksonville Public Library
304 North Main Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hillsborough County
Kings Forest Park
8008 East Chelsea Street
Tampa, Florida 33610
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lee County
Old Bonita Springs Library
26876 Pine Avenue
Bonita Springs, Florida 34135
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Leon County
Vacant Sears
1500 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Manatee County
Manatee Memorial Hospital Complex
206 2nd Street East
Bradenton, Florida 34208
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Miami-Dade County
Tropical Park
7900 Southwest 40 Street
Miami, Florida 33155
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Okaloosa County
Northwest Florida Fairgrounds
1958 Lewis Turner Boulevard
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Orange County
Camping World Stadium
1 Citrus Bowl Place
Orlando, Florida 32805
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Palm Beach County
West Gate Park
3691 Oswego Avenue
West Palm Beach, Florida 33409
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pasco County
Fasano Center
11611 Denton Avenue
Hudson, Florida 34667
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.

Pinellas County
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
409 South Old Coachman Road
Clearwater, Florida 33765
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Polk County
Church at the Mall
1010 East Memorial Boulevard
Lakeland, Florida 33801
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

St. Lucie County
Havert L. Fenn Center
2000 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, Florida 34982
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sumter County
Barnstorm Theater
2720 Brownwood Boulevard
The Villages, Florida 32163
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Volusia County
Ormond Beach Senior Center
351 Andrews Street
Ormond Beach, Florida 32174
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

To find locations to receive monoclonal antibody treatments around the entire state, please visit floridahealthcovid19.gov.