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Oklahoma Blood Institute welcomes walk-in convalescent plasma donors

Convalescent plasma needed to fight COVID-19
Posted at 7:52 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 20:52:27-05

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Blood Institute is welcoming walk-in convalescent plasma donors at donor centers and open-to-public mobile blood drives.

The nonprofit said it's in critical need for convalescent plasma to treat severely ill COVID-19 patients statewide.

READ MORE: Oklahoma Blood Institute distributes its 10,000th convalescent plasma unit

Those who have recovered from COVID-19 – or who have tested positive for the antibodies – are eligible to give convalescent plasma, according to OBI officials. A single plasma donation can provide transfusions for up to four COVID-19 patients. A donation takes about 90 minutes, and donors are eligible as often as every seven days.

To donate convalescent plasma, donors must:

  • have had a positive COVID-19 test result
  • be symptom-free for 14 days
  • be at least 7 days past their last blood or plasma donation

“Before now, we were relying solely on our registration system to track convalescent plasma donors. However, the surge of COVID-19 patients in our community hospitals has changed the landscape of how we’re recruiting eligible donors to meet the ever-increasing demand for this life-saving product,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute.

Convalescent plasma donors will be automatically entered to win a daily $1,000 VISA gift card, drawn at random.

To sign up for the convalescent plasma registry, call 888-308-3924 or click here.

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