New monoclonal antibody treatment site to open in Immokalee

Published: August 26, 2021 9:20 AM EDT
Updated: August 27, 2021 5:18 AM EDT

A new site for monoclonal antibody treatments opened at 9 a.m. Thursday in Immokalee.

The site will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1500 Lake Trafford Road in Winn Dixie Plaza.

The expansion of treatment sites is in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases and the delta variant. The governor and doctors alike have echoed the warning that this variant is different, faster, and deadlier.

Florida currently has a 7-day average of 228 deaths a day according to New York Times data tracking.

DeSantis said, “I think this is helping keep people out of the hospital. I think that’ll be even more apparent as we get into the next couple of weeks and I think people will see that in the data ”

The governor told WINK News he believes sites like this in Immokalee will help reduce hospitalizations and deaths.

For people living in Immokalee, getting medical treatment is more of a challenge.

Fire Chief for the Immokalee Fire Control District Michael Choate said, “You’re standing in Immokalee, so the closest medical facility to you is 45 minutes from here… When the calls are stacked 1,2,3,4… they’re all gone…”

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Site
Location: Immokalee at the Winn Dixie Plaza, 1500 Lake Trafford Road, Immokalee
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
To make an appointment click here.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Dr. Kenneth Scheppke, chief medical officer for the Florida Department of Emergency Management, visited the site for a press conference.

Watch a replay of the press conference below or click here.