From the office of Governor Greg Abbott
TYLER, Texas (press release) – AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott announced today that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) is working with local officials to build a new COVID-19 therapeutic infusion center in Tyler. The infusion center will begin admitting patients Tuesday and has been supplied with Regeneron’s monoclonal antibodies to treat outpatient COVID-19 cases with referral from a doctor. This treatment is free of charge for the patient. Local partners include Smith County, Northeast Texas Public Health District, UT Health East Texas, and the Christ Trinity Mother Frances Health System.
The therapeutic infusion center will be located on the UT Health North campus on State Highway 271, according to Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran.
“The new infusion center in Tyler, currently the second in East Texas, will help us ease the burden on hospitals while we continue to contain the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “The COVID-19 antibody infusion treatment is available free of charge to all Texans who have tested positive for the virus and have a doctor’s referral. Texans can visit meds.tdem.texas.gov to find a therapeutic provider in their area. “
Governor Abbott, TDEM, and the Texas Department of State Health Services have been building antibody infusion centers in communities across the state over the past few weeks. Treatment with a COVID-19 antibody infusion can prevent a patient’s condition from worsening and requiring hospital treatment. These facilities also help increase bed capacity in hospitals so that resources are available for the most severely ill patients. The state took similar action for communities across Texas as of November 2020.
These government-sponsored infusion centers complement antibody infusion treatment offered by more than 200 private health care providers across the state.
Antibody Infusion Centers are currently operating in the following communities, with more to go online in the coming days:
- Austin (DSHS)
- Beaumont (TDEM)
- The Forests (DSHS)
- Corpus Christi (DSHS)
- Edinburgh (TDEM)
- Fort Worth (DSHS)
- Harlingen (TDEM)
- Houston (DSHS)
- Laredo (DSHS)
- Lubbock (TDEM)
- Nacogdoches (TDEM)
- Odessa (TDEM)
- San Antonio (DSHS)
- Tyler (TDEM)
Treatment is free and available to all Texans who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have a doctor’s referral. Texans can visit meds.tdem.texas.gov to find a therapeutic provider in their area.