Right now, the American Red Cross has an emergency shortage of convalescent plasma, a potentially lifesaving treatment for patients with COVID-19. The Red Cross has seen demand for convalescent plasma more than double over the last month as the number of coronavirus cases increases across the U.S. Convalescent plasma products are now being distributed faster than donations are coming in.

Individuals who have fully recovered and received a verified COVID-19 diagnosis are urged to sign up to give convalescent plasma now by completing the donor eligibility form at RedCrossBlood.org/plasma4covid.

Convalescent plasma is plasma that is collected from patients who have recovered from an infection and have antibodies that might help fight that infection – in this case, those who have fully recovered from COVID-19. With each donation, COVID-19 survivors have a unique ability to help up to three patients recover from the virus.

Donation appointments can be made for the coming days and weeks by downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma, including convalescent plasma, Aug. 1-Sept. 3 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Amazon. Plus, come to give by Aug. 31 and automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip for four to Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm, redeemable through the 2021 season.

To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, individuals who do not feel well or who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should postpone their donation.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Flora

Aug. 13 — 1-6 p.m., Flora Church of the Nazarene, Route 50 and Parsons Lane, PO Box 343

Greenup

Aug. 6 — 1-6 p.m., Greenup Village Municipal Building, 115 East Cumberland Street

Neoga

Aug. 11 — 1-6 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 164 W 7th

Effingham

Aug. 1 — 7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Effingham Blood Donation Center, 603 Eden Ave

Aug. 4 — 12:15-6:45 p.m., Effingham Blood Donation Center, 603 Eden Ave

Aug. 5 — 12:15-7:15 p.m., Effingham Blood Donation Center, 603 Eden Ave

Aug. 6 — 12:15-6:45 p.m., Effingham Blood Donation Center, 603 Eden Ave

Aug. 8 — 7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Effingham Blood Donation Center, 603 Eden Ave

Aug. 11 — 12:15-6:45 p.m., Effingham Blood Donation Center, 603 Eden Ave

Aug. 12 — 12:15-7:15 p.m., Effingham Blood Donation Center, 603 Eden Ave

Aug. 13 — 12:15-6:45 p.m., Effingham Blood Donation Center, 603 Eden Ave

Aug. 15 — 7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Effingham Blood Donation Center, 603 Eden Ave

Mason

Aug. 3 — 2-6 p.m., Mason Christian Church Annex, 624 North Route 37

Brownstown

Aug. 3 — 2-6 p.m., Golden Years Building, 1708N 1550 St.

Newton

Aug. 6 — 1-6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 707 Van Buren

Aug. 9 — 7-11 a.m., Holy Cross Church of Wendelin, 5782 Ingraham Lane

Aug. 10 — 1-5 p.m., Norris Electric Cooperative, 8543 North State Highway 130

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