Gov. Abbott, TDEM launch COVID-19 antibody infusion center in Victoria

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AUSTIN – Gov. Abbott and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) will launch a new COVID-19 therapeutic infusion center in Victoria. The infusion center will begin accepting patients tomorrow and can provide monoclonal antibodies to treat outpatient cases of COVID-19 who have a referral from a doctor. This treatment is available at no cost to the patient. Local partners include Victoria County, the Victoria Office of Emergency Management, Victoria I.S.D., and the Golden Crescent Regional Advisory Council.

“The State of Texas is expanding access to COVID-19 antibody therapeutics in communities where this treatment is needed most,” said Governor Abbott. “This new facility in Victoria will ensure Texans in the Golden Crescent Region of our state who test positive for COVID-19 have access to this free and effective treatment.”

Governor Abbott, TDEM, and the Texas Department of State Health Services have established and expanded antibody infusion centers in communities across the state over the past several months. COVID-19 antibody infusion treatment can prevent a patient’s condition from worsening and requiring hospital care. These facilities also help increase bed capacity in hospitals so that resources are available for the most ill patients. The State deployed similar measures beginning in November 2020 to communities across Texas.

These state-sponsored infusion centers are in addition to the infusion treatment centers provided by more than 200 private health providers across the state.

Antibody infusion centers are currently operating in the following communities, with more coming online in the coming days:

Austin (DSHS)
Beaumont (TDEM)
Corpus Christi (DSHS)
Edinburg (TDEM)
Fort Worth (DSHS)
Harlingen (TDEM)
Houston (DSHS)
Laredo (DSHS)
Livingston (TDEM)
Lubbock (TDEM)
McKinney (TDEM)
Nacogdoches (TDEM)
Odessa (TDEM)
San Antonio (DSHS)
Tyler (TDEM)
The Woodlands (DSHS)
Victoria (TDEM)

The treatment is free and available to Texans who test positive for COVID-19 and have a doctor’s referral. Texans can visit meds.tdem.texas.gov to find a therapeutic provider near them.

Victoria County is assisting the regional infusion center with logistical needs as deemed necessary. The Regional Infusion Center is located at the Mitchell Guidance Center, 306 E. Commercial St. Victoria, Texas 77901.

The facility will open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Medical professionals will be able to administer a monoclonal antibody treatment to up to approximately 30-40 patients per day. The infusions are meant for COVID-19 patients who are not yet hospitalized or on oxygen supplements.

The treatment is available at no cost to patients. Patients must be confirmed COVID-19 positive and have a referral from a primary care physician. These infusion centers, equipped with Regeneron’s monoclonal antibodies, will treat COVID-19 patients with therapeutic drugs that can prevent their condition from worsening and requiring hospital care. These centers also help increase bed capacity in hospitals so that resources are available for the most ill patients. The State deployed similar measures back in November 2020 to communities across Texas.

Patients are eligible for the medication when:

* Patient must NOT be hospitalized or require oxygen therapy.

* Patient must NOT require an increase in oxygen rate due to COVID-19 if using for underlying comorbidity.

* Patient MUST be within 10 days of symptom onset

Patients can contact the infusion center by calling 361-648-5732 or 361-648-5741. Doctors can fax referrals to 361-203-6236 or 361-203-8118. Patients without insurance or a primary care physician are encouraged to call the infusion center for additional information.

Texans can visit https://meds.tdem.texas.gov or call 1-800-742-5990 to find the nearest infusion center.