OBI urges plasma donations; take advantage of antibody testing benefit
Oklahoma Blood Institute recently announced a need for convalescent plasma from donors who have recovered from COVID-19. The plasma can be used to treat the seriously ill. If you have recovered from COVID-19 or have had a positive antibody test, OBI is requesting your help. Call (888) 308-3924 or sign up on their form online.
According to a news release, "starting Monday, July 20, convalescent plasma donors will be entered for a chance to win one of two $1,000 prizes given away to that day’s roster of convalescent plasma donors. This giveaway will provide another reason for qualifying, recovered COVID-19 patients to join the 20 or so similar heroes currently coming in to give each day."
“As the community’s blood supplier, we will do everything in our power to make sure that critically needed products are on the shelf when our hospital partners and their patients need them,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “The need is here, and even a brief delay in getting this plasma might cost a life or prolong the illness for a coronavirus victim. We’re asking all eligible convalescent plasma donors to contact OBI today to schedule an appointment to give.”
Additionally, blood donations are needed in general. You can call (877) 340-8777, sign up online or simply visit a donor center. OBI is also testing donor blood for COVID-19 antibodies for donors 18 years old and above. Find out more at obi.org.