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Published by Kirby Winn on Thursday, January 14, 2021 in News Releases

MEDIA ADVISORY

US Surgeon General Jerome M. AdamsCiting the nationwide increase in COVID-19 infections, the U.S. Surgeon General has issued an open letter to colleges and universities across the country urging their support for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) donation. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, writes that increasing infection rates is leading to a massive spike in demand for CCP. “That demand is quickly approaching 30,000 units per week,” writes Adams. “Currently we are on par for collecting 30,000 units/week, but with increasing demand, it becomes more challenging to support the need. Current collections may not meet the demand as cases continue to rise exponentially over the next several weeks.”

Additionally, on Wed., Jan. 13, the New England Journal of Medicine published a retrospective study on the effectiveness of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma as a treatment for patients with a COVID-19 infection. The study is accompanied by an editorial written by Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center’s Chief Medical Officer, Louis M. Katz, MD.

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a retrospective study on the effectiveness of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma as a treatment for patients with a COVID-19 infection. The study is accompanied by an editorial written by Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center’s Chief Medical Officer, Louis M. Katz, MD. (See links to NEJM content, below.)

To schedule a donation, potential donors who have had a positive test for COVID-19 infection may use the referral form at www.bloodcenter.org/cp or by calling (833) 610-1025.

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Kirby Winn

Kirby Winn serves as Manager, Public Relations for Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, Central Illinois Community Blood Center, and Community Blood Services of Illinois. He enjoys working with media to share the stories of patients who have been helped by the generous volunteers w

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