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Our Town with William Kelly: Town providing Regeneron to Covid-19 patients

The town will begin administering potentially life-saving medicine to Covid-19 patients who are at a high risk of being hospitalized or dying from the disease.

The Fire-Rescue Department said it has received a shipment of the monoclonal antibody therapeutics, known as Regeneron, to administer to residents at their homes beginning today.

To receive the treatment, residents must make an appointment by calling the department at (561) 227-7092.

Sean Baker, battalion chief and department spokesman, said Regeneron has been shown to decrease the symptoms of Covid-19 infections.

“It’s really a game changer, because now we have another weapon to combat the Covid-19 pandemic,” Baker said.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the emergency use of Regeneron to treat adult and pediatric patients with mild to moderate Covid-19 symptoms. The pediatric patients must be at least 12 years old and weigh 88 pounds or more.

Qualifying patients must have tested positive for Covid-19 and be at high risk for progression to severe symptoms, including hospitalization or death. Patients are considered at high risk for severe Covid-19 illness if they are 65 years old or older or have underlying medical conditions.

The FDA also has approved Regeneron for people who have been exposed to Covid-19 and are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms.

Close contact exposure is defined as being within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes; providing care at home for someone who is sick with Covid-19; having direct physical contact with an infected person; or being exposed to respiratory droplets from an infected person, the town said in a statement.

The monoclonal treatment is designed to treat patients within 10 days of the onset of mild to moderate symptoms, Baker said.

It is not authorized to treat patients who are hospitalized with the disease or require oxygen because of Covid-19. It also is not authorized for pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent Covid-19.

Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that act like antibodies in the immune system. Like human-made antibodies, monoclonal antibodies can fight off harmful pathogens.

The department is asking anyone interested in receiving treatment to make an appointment by calling (561) 227-7092.

A department employee will take your information, conduct a screening and schedule a time for paramedics to come to your home and administer the medication.

Anyone receiving the treatment must have a residential address on the island so they can be treated in their home.

“We’re trying to offer the best services for our citizens, and trying to keep the community safe,” Baker said.

Regeneron has been available for a while and is accessible elsewhere in Palm Beach County. But now town residents can receive the treatment without having to leave their homes, Mayor Danielle Moore said.

“This is another example of the exceptional work that our Fire Rescue personnel do to ensure the health, safety and wellness of our residents,” Moore said.