(Belgrade MN-) Plasma from whole blood donations made through the American Red Cross that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood now to help ensure coronavirus patients and others who depend on transfusions have needed blood products this fall.
In April, the Red Cross began collecting COVID-19 convalescent plasma from previously diagnosed individuals, who could only give at one of approximately 170 Red Cross blood donation centers across the country. Convalescent plasma contains COVID-19 antibodies that may help the most critical patients actively fighting this virus. Now, whole blood donations made at any Red Cross blood drive or blood donation center could be helpful in this effort.
Local blood drives today:
10/1/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ridgewater College, Two Century Ave.
10/1/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Community Church, 204 Avon Ave. N.
10/1/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Belgrade High School, 710 Washburn Ave. SE