Convalescent plasma donors needed

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and Vitalant are asking individuals who previously tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered to consider donating their plasma, also known as convalescent plasma. There is currently no proven treatment for COVID-19, but the Food and Drug Administration is allowing the transfusion of convalescent plasma as an investigational treatment. It’s currently the only antibody treatment available for COVID-19 patients.

“There have already been a few cases in North Dakota where convalescent plasma treatment has proven beneficial for patients infected with COVID-19,” said Dr. Joan Connell, field medical officer with the NDDoH. “This is a unique opportunity for someone who has recovered from COVID-19 to potentially save a life.”

Convalescent plasma donors must have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and meet the following criteria:

·       Have a prior diagnosis of COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test

·       Experienced complete resolution of symptoms for at least 14 days with a subsequently negative COVID-19 test or complete resolution of symptoms for at least 28 days (with or without a negative COVID-19 test)

·       Meet all other donor eligibility for an automated plasma donation, including:

o   Be at least 16 years old (16- and 17-year-olds must bring a signed permission form from a parent or guardian)

o   Weigh at least 110 pounds

o   Be in good general health

To become a convalescent plasma donor, individuals who meet the criteria should contact their physician or visit www.vitalant.org/covidfree for more information on how to refer themselves. Individuals or family members who are interested in acquiring a donation for a family member should contact their clinician for more information.

Sabrina Halvorson

Sabrina is the anchor and reporter for the Dakota News Network, as well as digital director and farm broadcaster for American Ag Radio Network. She travels a lot for the network and enjoys sharing stories and photos from the road - and sometimes the road of life.

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