AUSTIN (KXAN) — Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will launch a new COVID-19 therapeutic infusion center in El Paso.
The infusion will begin on Tuesday accepting patients with a doctor’s referral and offering them free treatment. The treatment will use Regeneron’s monoclonal antibodies to treat outpatient cases of COVID-19.
Treatment with COVID-19 antibody infusion can prevent a patient’s condition from deteriorating. This alternative form of treatment can also help increase hospital bed capacity so that resources are used more wisely.
The state started setting up facilities in November 2020. Abbott, now partnering with DSHS and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), is expanding antibody fusion centers in communities across Texas as needed or at the request of local partners.
“Antibody infusion centers continue to play an important role in limiting COVID-19 hospitalizations and decreasing the severity of a patient’s COVID-19 diagnosis,” Abbott said. “I thank DSHS for continuing to work with local partners in communities across the state to locate these facilities where they are needed most.”
These state-sponsored infusion centers complement the antibody infusion treatments offered by more than 200 private health care providers throughout the state.
Antibody infusion centers currently operate in the following communities, with more as needed:
- Amarillo (TDEM)
- Austin (DSHS)
- Beaumont (TDEM)
- Burnet (TDEM)
- Edinburgh (TDEM)
- Fort Worth (DSHS)
- Houston (DSHS)
- Lubbock (TDEM)
- McKinney (TDEM)
- Nash (TDEM)
- Odessa (TDEM)
- San Antonio (DSHS)
- Seguin (TDEM)
- The Woods (DSHS)
- Victoria (TDEM)
Patients can visit meds.tdem.texas.gov to find a therapist near them.