Beaumont — Jefferson County is seeing huge numbers of COVID-19 positive patients seeking infusion treatment. The center opened less than two weeks ago and has already helped treat hundreds of Southeast Texans and now even Hurricane Ida evacuees can sign up, too.
200 registered COVID patients signed up to receive an antibody cocktail treatment Tuesday alone.
Melinda Eaves and her daughter both received the IV infusion.
“Grateful, totally grateful. This right here I can already feel a difference. I mean, I’m not 100% yet, but I can feel a difference already,” said Eaves
The big numbers is proof how effective the treatment is, according to Todd Senters, associate vice president at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas.
“Our initial goal was to treat up to 150 patients a day. We actually surpassed that on the third day of the center being open… It’s helping us to be able to get treatment out early to those individuals who need it to avoid them having to come to the emergency departments unnecessarily,” said Senters.
With its success – the center is now offering Hurricane Ida evacuees who have COVID, the opportunity to receive treatment.
“There was some concern about the potential for hurricane evacuees, who may come into this part of Texas, who may be positive for COVID-19 and we don’t want to withhold treatment. We want to make sure that we take care of the health and well being of this community and that includes those who are here for circumstances that are out of their control,” added Senters.
In order to sign up – you must have a positive COVID test result less than 10 days old. The center is also able to treat anyone ages 12 and over as long as they meet the weight requirements set by the FDA. To register you’ll need a doctor’s referral or call the treatment hotline at 409-550-2536.
Written by Rocio De La Fe