From now until Oct. 3, blood donations made through the Kentucky Blood Center can be tested for COVID-19 antibodies, which could have the potential to save even more lives.
“Testing for antibodies will help us identify donors who have COVID-19 antibodies present, whether they were symptomatic or not,” said Bill Reed, CEO of KBC. “Identifying donors with the antibodies will help us build our supply of convalescent plasma and will allow Kentucky hospitals the ability to treat COVID-19 patients for many months to come.”
There is no known treatment for COVID-19, but the convalescent plasma from individuals who have had the virus and recovered could provide beneficial to those currently fighting the virus.
People who have tested positive for coronavirus or coronavirus antibodies may be eligible to donate 14 to 28 days after their symptoms resolve.
“Blood products donated at KBC are used to treat Kentucky patients battling all kinds of circumstances,” said Mandy Brajuha, vice president for external relations. “By donating at one of our donor centers during this time period, people can immediately impact the lives of their neighbors through that initial donation and if they prove to have COVID-19 antibodies, they can potentially help yet again by donating convalescent plasma.”
Those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and recovered can join a registry if they’re interested in donating.
The closest location to donate is in Somerset. That information is below.
Somerset Donor Center
10 Stonegate Centre
Somerset, KY 42503