North Texas residents diagnosed with COVID-19 now have access to a new resource for recovery.
Gov. Greg Abbott and local officials on Sept. 1 announced the launch of a state-sponsored COVID-19 therapeutic infusion center in McKinney.
The 10-chair infusion center is located at Collin College in the McKinney Campus Conference Center, 2400 Community Avenue. It will begin accepting patients on Sept. 2, and will treat outpatient cases of COVID-19 with Regeneron’s monoclonal antibodies.
COVID-19 antibody infusion treatment can prevent a patient's condition from worsening and requiring hospital care, according to the governor’s news release. These facilities also help increase bed capacity in hospitals so that resources are available for the most ill patients.
Infusions are meant for COVID-19 patients who are not yet hospitalized or require oxygen therapy, according to Collin College. Patients must not require an increase in oxygen rate due to COVID-19, and must be within 10 days of the onset of symptoms. A doctor’s referral is required for the free therapy.
Hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday-Saturday, and about 60 patients will be treated per day, according to Collin College. The patient entrance is located on the northwest side of the conference building. Patients will be monitored after the infusion before being allowed to leave.
Neil Matkin, district president of Collin College, said in a statement that the college is delighted to support healthcare partners through the facility.
“We have a long-standing relationship with area hospitals, especially Baylor Scott & White Health,” Matkin said. “Hosting this therapy center is yet another way we can support their service to local and regional residents.”
Abbott, who received the same treatment during his case of COVID-19, said in a statement that the infusion centers are helping Texans recover and reducing hospitalizations.
“We will continue to work with local officials here in McKinney and across the state to increase access to this free and effective treatment,” he said.
Local partners for this infusion center include Collin County, North Central Texas Regional Advisory Council, Baylor Scott & White and Collin College. County Judge Chris Hill said in a statement that these entities have been “tremendous partners” with Collin County throughout the pandemic.
“This COVID-19 antibody infusion center is a welcome resource for our community,” Hill said.
Patients can contact the McKinney infusion center by calling 972-548-6674. Doctors can contact the infusion center by emailing [email protected]
In addition to McKinney, infusion centers are currently operating in these cities, with more said to open in coming days:
- Corpus Christi
- Fort Worth
- San Antonio
- The Woodlands
Treatment is available to all state residents who test positive for COVID-19. Visit meds.tdem.texas.gov to find a nearby provider.