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Palomar Health Opens ‘Triple Threat’ to Combat COVID-19 – NBC 7 San Diego

Diane Hansen called it a “triple threat.” The news release called it a “COVID-19 Resource Clinic” located at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido.

Either way, San Diego County’s newest vaccination site is expected to continue to put a dent in local coronavirus numbers, especially in Escondido, which has seen some of the highest positivity rates for the virus of the North County cities.

“Thank goodness we’ve seen a decline,” said Hansen, the President and CEO of Palomar Health. “We’re down around 125 [positive patients] as of today but still significant numbers.”

Hansen stood outside of the Palomar Medical Center as it prepared to become a “triple threat” against COVID-19. The CEO said the hospital’s campus will offer drive through testing, vaccination, and monoclonal therapy, which is an antibody therapy that could help keep people with symptoms out of the hospital and allow them recover at home.

“It will give them the strength and immunity to allow them to fight this virus,” said Hansen. “We are the only site in San Diego County and, I believe, the only site in the nation, to have this ‘triple threat.’”

“Drive through is great,” said Escondido resident Marilyn Dant.

Dant said not everyone has the strength or the ability to stand and walk through a line for those services. She’s also happy Escondido is getting its own vaccination site.

“I think that inland North County sometimes gets shorted on things,” she said.

“They don’t have to go outside of their neighborhood,” agreed Hansen.

Every COVID-19 test and vaccination are by appointment only and only the people eligible are able to get an appointment. The monoclonal therapy is also by appointment and must be ordered by a person’s physician. Each service is also at a different location with a different entrance on the hospital campus site.

“I’m very hopeful about the future,” concluded Hansen.