LifeShare Blood Center is making rounds around the Minden area in order to try and find donors who can give a convalescent plasma. Convalescent plasma is in high demand due to the fact that it contains antibodies that are helpful to patients currently struggling with COVID-19.
However, the plasma has to be donated by people who have recovered from COVID-19, making it a bit harder to acquire than regular blood for a blood drive.
Michelle Anthony of Life Share Blood Center explained, “We’re looking for donors who have tested positive for the COVID antibodies. Their plasma is helpful for people who are still fighting COVID. That’s why we’re down here trying to do a drive for the people in this particular area who have had COVID. By donating, they will help fight COVID-19.”
While some may have missed the opportunity to donate at this blood/plasma drive that took place at Minden Medical Center on Wednesday, three more blood drives will be taking place around Minden tomorrow on Thursday, Aug. 20. Those seeking to donate plasma must have been symptom-free for 14 days after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
These locations will be accepting blood/convalescent plasma donations, as well as offering antibody testing for those wanting to see if they qualify for a donation.
Performance Physical Therapy, located at 906 Homer Rd, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Walgreens, located at 625 Homer Rd, 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Walmart, located at 1379 Homer Rd 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.