Kern County supervisors Leticia Perez and Mike Maggard teamed up with Houchin Community Blood Bank on Wednesday at the Kern County fairgrounds to promote the need for and importance of local convalescent plasma donations.

A convalescent plasma drive was held to encourage residents who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their plasma. The plasma — which can be rich in COVID-19 antibodies — is used to treat people suffering from the virus to help alleviate symptoms and get them out of the hospital faster, according to Houchin CEO Brad Bryan.

“There have been approximately 300 to 400 people in our community that have donated their time and plasma,” Bryan said. “We’ve had about 1,400 donations from those people and those donations have been sent into our local hospitals.”

Maggard explained that he had been looking into plasma as a possible COVID-19 treatment method when he learned that a need for it existed in local hospitals. He said that rang the bell for him to bring additional awareness to the possible solution.

“I learned there were 20 outstanding orders for convalescent plasma,” Maggard said. “Twenty people that were suffering through the ravages of the disease without the help from convalescent plasma.”

Perez became aware of the treatment through personal experience, as her cousin was hospitalized with COVID-19. She said that convalescent plasma helped get her family member get out of the hospital in a day and a half.

“I don’t know the science of it, but I know what I experienced,” Perez said, referencing her cousin’s recovery. “Within a few hours (of receiving convalescent plasma), she was feeling better and her mood had lifted. She said to me, ‘I can’t explain it, but I just feel better.’”

Recently, there’s been mixed opinions on convalescent plasma’s effectiveness in combating COVID-19. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn apologized last week for overstating its life-saving benefits of treating when treating coronavirus, according to the Associated Press.

Bryan addressed studies that claim convalescent plasma has not been studied enough to prove a positive outcome for patients. He said he believes the likelihood of the plasma being effective is “significantly” higher than it not working.

“It’s difficult to have a controlled trial when one person is supposed to receive a placebo and the other gets convalescent plasma. If you’re in the hospital, you don’t want the control,” Bryan said. “I say that because most patients are refusing the control.”

“If there’s a shortness in a clinical trial report, it’s because we haven’t had the ability in this expedited emergency time to set up a clinical trial the normal way you’d set one up.”

Maggard echoed Bryan’s optimism in convalescent plasma’s effectiveness.

“Whatever you hear in the national news about whether or not convalescent plasma is effective, that’s just the bureaucracy of how studies are done,” Maggard said. “The doctors on the frontlines are confident that convalescent plasma is helping to save lives.”

Maggard added that Perez has been at the forefront of utilizing the county fairgrounds for a variety of COVID-19 solutions as well as precautions for the future in case the hospital system is overwhelmed. She explained her love for the fairgrounds and what they represent, and wants to make sure they’re properly utilized this year in the absence of the canceled Kern County Fair.

“Every year Kern County comes together on these grounds in a spirit of unity, I think it’s the unifying event of the year,” Perez said. “It really is heartbreaking not to have (the Kern County Fair) this year. I grew up every year waiting for this time of the year with the fair.”

Perez also encouraged people living in east Bakersfield to donate their plasma, as COVID-19 has had a large impact in that sector of the community.

“I encourage east Bakersfield (to donate), who we know is so inundated with this virus,” Perez said. “Please share your healing experience to the neighbors of this community to alleviate suffering and to get Kern County back open again and to get us back to doing things we love like the Kern County Fair.”

The first 100 plasma donors receive a 2021 Kern County Fair package with four fair passes and two parking passes. Donations can still be made at either Houchin’s Truxtun Donor Center or its Bolthouse center.

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Masked 2020

no no no no......I think Leticia will go work for the oil Barons when her political days come to a end.. just like the dude before her....... all local politicisms have a a difficult time refusing the offerings of the super rich.....I mean its a dog it dog world........ still Vote for the last hope.. Biden-Harris 2020

Lamonster

Why do I get the impression that there are those who really don't want a cure or treatment for the covid virus? At least not yet. The first rule for physicians is to first, do no harm. Is this plasma treatment harming the patient in any way if they receive it? We know that radiation and chemotherapy work in some cases and not in others. We also know that they sometimes have bad side effects and can actually do harm to surrounding tissues. Do we ban them because of that? Try to find any medication, either controlled or OTC, that doesn't have a much longer list of possible side effects than for the hoped for benefits. If they must spew, the nattering nabobs of negativity should just concentrate on criticizing a person's looks and leave science to the professionals.

Veritas

Now they’re turning on one of their own. Sowing the seeds of discord. Now that’s entertainment.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

@Veritas: And they're attacking her looks as well! Priceless...

Moardeeb

A National Institutes of Health panel said there's no evidence backing the use of convalescent plasma to treat coronavirus patients and that doctors should not treat it as a standard of care until more study has been done.

"There are insufficient data to recommend either for or against the use of convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19," the panel of more than three dozen experts said in a statement posted on the NIH website Tuesday.

Masked 2020

mascara.... or she do an approved Pelosi and go to Beautologie... or is she stoned on the weeds in the garden.......I'm never going to get out of this Bubble at this rate.........but at least I have a Bubble.... so I should behave...and thank daddy for explaining the need to plan 4 the rainy day concept... but behaving.... its just not my nature...and I got a F in the BeBest course....I just wasn't feeling it.....seemed a little hollow... ......HomeGrown and trying to make it 2 my 66th birthday..... but I really need BakoFolks to behave so I can get some new bifocals....waiting patiently 4 SleepyJoeBiden-Harris to give it a go.......

Masked 2020

Leticia's oil buddy talks so much crud I missed the bags of soup........If you woke up, perplexed, to find the word "soup" trending on Twitter, we're right there with you. And no, it's not because pumpkin spice-lovers are excited about having soup this Fall — it's just another chapter in the never ending list of Confusing Things Trump Has Said.

Following President Donald Trump’s interview on Fox News with Laura Ingraham during which he generalized protestors as violent anarchists hellbent on assaulting police officers, a video clip from July resurfaced of Trump claiming that protestors’ new weapon of choice is...a can of soup. He argued that these cans — and sometimes bags — of soup were more dangerous than bricks, because, apparently, if protestors were caught with them, they could feign innocence.

“And then they have cans of soup. And they throw the cans of soup. That’s better than a brick because you can’t throw a brick. It’s too heavy,” said Trump. “But a can of soup, you can really put some power into that, right? And then when they get caught, they say, ‘No, this is soup for my family.’ They’re so innocent. This is soup for my family.”

But wait, there's more: Trump didn’t stop at cans of soup. He then mentioned bags of soup, because it doesn’t matter what container the alphabet soup may come in, they all spell anarchy in Trump’s mind.

“And you have people coming over with bags of soup — big bags of soup. And they lay it on the ground, and the anarchists take it and they start throwing it at our cops, at our police,” Trump continued. “And if it hits you, that’s worse than a brick because that’s got force...And then the media says, ‘This is just soup. These people are very, very innocent. They’re innocent people. These are just protesters. Isn’t it wonderful to allow protesting?' No.”

Masked 2020

Leticia I mean ... you sound like you attended them all....the Kathryn Kuhlman institute…the Norman Vincent Peale Happy days HighSchool... its good to have a cheerleader.....and its good you folks are showing a interest finally ...but I can see why secret Covid meetings were held....maybe you can use some of those CARE dollars to hire a PR firm to convince us all that Covid is really just candy.......

Moardeeb

They just came out today and said the CDC is wrong. It doesn't work. Not proven to. So......neah.

Masked 2020

“I don’t know the science of it, but I know what I experienced,” Perez said...someone recovers from the Covid so A must of be the result of B.......Letica.... just what law school did you attend....Trump U.?

Mrknowitall

Cut down on the mascara Leticia. You look like an overly made-up East-Sider from Whittier. Yikes. That aint a compliment (cuzz you might think it is, judging by that 'look'). You got elected despite your legal 'troubles' or 'issues' or so some people say. I dunno. I do know you are incompetent and the competition for your seat was putrid, so don't act so proud. Lol. Look around the chamber.... meh. Couch won't let go until they drag him out with a backho. Maggot? Sheeez. This guy could double for Bozo The Clown with his uninformed antics.Or so some people are saying. I dunno. The Blood Bank? Lemme see some hard numbers: how much money does Houchin Blood Bank make off each gallon of unleaded... and how much for this premium stuff? Or are they a charity. Or a type of non-profit that benefits the community and not a private stakeholder/stakeholders that are making dough hand-over fist. Just asking, cuzz some people are asking that I heard. I dunno. It could be. I dunno.How about an article that answers these questions some people--not me-- are asking; cuzz--I dunno.

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