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Local hospital in 'critical need' of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients

The process is known as 'convalescent plasma' and has been around for more than 100 years, Northside Hospital officials said.

ATLANTA — Northside Hospital System said Monday they have a "critical need" for COVID-19 survivors to help treat current patients.

Hospital officials say that due to the increasing number of hospitalizations from COVID-19, there is a "renewed urgency" for plasma donations to support the needs of patients fighting the coronavirus.

"Northside Hospital and Atlanta Blood Services urgently need recovered COVID-19 patients to donate plasma for COVID-19 treatment. Known as 'convalescent plasma,' it has been used for over 100 years to treat people with infectious diseases," they said in a press release.

On July 2, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency said there were 1,649 patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the state. 

Qualified plasma donors must:

  • Be over the age of 18.
  • Have previously tested positive for COVID-19, or had a positive COVID-19 antibody test.
  • Have been symptom-free for at least 14 days.
  • Successfully screen as a blood donor per blood donation guidelines.

According to its website, Northside Hospital consists of five not-for-profit hospitals, located in Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth, and Lawrenceville, with over 1,600 licensed beds. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate your plasma, call 404-477-1299 or visit atlantabloodservices.com.

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