Governor Abbott and TDEM Launch COVID-19 Antibody Infusion Center in Texarkana Region | Texas Governor’s Office

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September 28, 2021 | Austin, Texas | Press release

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), in partnership with local officials, has launched a new COVID-19 therapeutic infusion center in Nash, a suburb of Texarkana. The infusion center began accepting patients today and received monoclonal antibodies to treat outpatient cases of COVID-19 on the recommendation of a doctor. This treatment is available at no cost to the patient. Local partners include Bowie County, the Town of Nash and the Town of Texarkana.

“Setting up this facility in Bowie County ensures that Texans in the Texarkana area who test positive for COVID-19 have access to this free and effective treatment,” Governor Abbott said. “Thank you to our local county and city partners for working with us on the launch of this facility.

“We are delighted to have the Regional Infusion Center and greatly appreciate the assistance we have received from TDEM,” said Bowie County Judge Bobby Howell. “We expect this to be of great help to our local hospital system in reducing the number of hospitalizations and saving lives.”

Governor Abbott, TDEM, and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) have established and expanded antibody infusion centers in communities across the state in recent months. COVID-19 antibody infusion therapy can prevent a patient’s condition from getting worse and requiring hospital treatment. These facilities also help to increase bed capacity in hospitals so that resources are available for the sickest patients. The state rolled out similar measures starting in November 2020 in communities in Texas.

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

Antibody infusion centers are currently operating in the following communities, and more are in the planning stages:
• Amarillo (TDEM)
• Austin (DSHS)
• Beaumont (TDEM)
• Corpus Christi (DSHS)
• Edinburgh (TDEM)
• Fort Worth (DSHS)
• Harlingen (TDEM)
• Houston (DSHS)
• Laredo (DSHS)
• Livingston (TDEM)
• Lubbock (TDEM)
• McKinney (TDEM)
• Nacogdoches (TDEM)
• Nash (TDEM)
• Odessa (TDEM)
• San Antonio (DSHS)
• Seguin (TDEM)
• Tyler (TDEM)
• The Woods (DSHS)
• Victoria (TDEM)
• Waco (TDEM)

Treatment is free and available to Texans who tested positive for COVID-19 and referred by a doctor. Texans can visit meds.tdem.texas.gov to find a therapy provider near them.


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