With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations soaring to new levels, Versiti Blood Centers is struggling to keep up with demand for convalescent plasma from blood donors who have recovered from COVID-19 at the hospitals the centers serve.
The need has doubled in the past four weeks, and that need is expected to increase rapidly as COVID-19 cases continue to surge, according to a news release from Versiti.
Versiti asks that anyone who has been infected with COVID-19 and has been symptom-free for at least 14 days to donate COVID-19 convalescent plasma.
CCP is used by hospitals to treat the most severely affected patients. The donated plasma contains antibodies, which can help seriously ill patients fight the disease.
To donate, call 877-BE-A-HERO. CCP donors generally are eligible to donate up to
Those interested in donating CCP for the first time should visit versiti.org/covid19plasma.
The American Red Cross also is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets and help ensure a stable blood supply for patients this holiday season, according to a news release.
To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
Local opportunities to donate
• 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 13 and 27, American Red Cross, 1293 Windham Parkway, Romeoville
• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 14, Romeoville Recreation Center, 900 W. Romeo Road, Romeoville
• Noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 2, Assembly Hall, 1550 Plainfield Road, Joliet