Hoxworth Blood Center asks for convalescent plasma, blood donations

City officials give update on COVID-19

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Hoxworth Blood Center announced Friday that it is looking for blood and convalescent plasma donations.

Director of Public Relations at the Hoxworth Blood Center, Alecia Lipton, says as hospitals are starting to increase the number of surgeries, they are going to need blood donations.

Lipton says patients who’ve recovered from COVID-19 can donate their plasma.

“If you’ve had a positive test and you have been symptom-free for 14 days with two negative antibody tests or 28 days symptom-free, you can donate, and then that product will be used in the Tri-State to help the critically ill that have COVID-19,” Lipton said.

Potential donors can register online on the Hoxworth website. A medical team reviews the registration forms and Hoxworth Blood Center will get back to donors to schedule an appointment.

There are 533 positive cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths in Cincinnati, Health Commissioner Melba R. Moore said.

Moore says of the positive cases, 139 people with the virus are hospitalized.

To help detect the virus, Mayor John Cranley announced Wednesday that Kroger will be offering a new drive-thru testing site at Dunham Recreation Center.

On Friday, Mayor Cranley announced that Kroger has already conducted 225 tests in 48 hours. Another round will be announced next week.

The mayor still recommends wearing masks, especially if people have to come in contact with others.

He said if someone is visiting family, always to remember to stay 6-feet apart and to wear masks.

Despite the number of cases in the City, the mayor said that no one has been transferring to the Duke Energy Convention Center. An announcement will be made next week.

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