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SunCoast Blood Centers need convalescent plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients

A blood drive is set for July 29 in Sarasota
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Posted at 6:18 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 23:31:37-04

SARASOTA, Fla. -- SunCoast Blood Centers are asking for donations of convalescent plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients.

New blood and plasma donations are needed at this time.

SunCoast Blood Centers has partnered with the Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab. The science center will host a blood drive on July 29.

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Local hospitals are relying on convalescent plasma as the first line of treatment for COVID-19 patients. There is a shortage to meet current patient needs.

"Many of our blood drives are canceled due to the virus so we are especially grateful to the Suncoast Science Center for hosting the upcoming drive," said Jayne Giroux, Director of Community Development for SunCoast Blood Centers.

All successful blood donations made at the drive will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies at no charge.

"Every day, we need all types whether it be blood, platelets or the convalescent plasma. We're always in great need," said Joan Leonard, Volunteer Coordinator Community Relations with SunCoast Blood Centers.

The Suncoast Science Center has also been making face masks and shields for healthcare workers during the pandemic.

The blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29 at 4452 South Beneva Road in Sarasota.

Volunteer-led tours of the Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab will be available for blood donors and visitors.

To reserve your appointment to donate blood, visit: https://donor.scbb.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/27193

You may also call 1-866-97-BLOOD. For questions about the blood drive, contact Donna Leigh-Estes at donna.estes@suncoastscience.org.