In an effort to save lives and help critically ill COVID-19 patients in local hospitals, Houchin Community Blood Bank is seeking people who have had the virus to donate plasma.
More than 4,000 Kern County residents are now recovered from COVID-19 but only 100 people have donated convalescent plasma so far, according to a Houchin Community Blood Bank news release.
As an incentive, those who donate plasma between Monday and Saturday will receive a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant and be entered for a chance to win a $500 gift card, with two drawings held a day.
Convalescent plasma is the liquid portion of blood collected from recovered COVID-19 patients. Antibodies that help fight against the virus are found in their plasma. This form of treatment is being used to help critically ill patients who are currently suffering from COVID-19.
Donors must meet the following requirements:
- Meet regular blood donation requirements
- Have tested positive for COVID-19 or for the antibody
- Must be completely symptom-free for 14 consecutive days
To donate, call the hotline number at 616-2575. Appointments are required.