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DHR Health Urges Starr County Recovered COVID-19 Patients to Donate Plasma

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Edinburg, TX – DHR Health and the DHR Health Institute for Research and Development is in need of plasma donors. They are seeking recovered COVID-19 patients to help fight the SARS-CoV-2 virus by donating convalescent plasma. 

Plasma donors will help treat patients in hospitals throughout the Rio Grande Valley. To make the donation process more convenient for donors,  DHR Health Institute for Research and Development has been hosting drives throughout the Rio Grande Valley and will be hosting their first plasma donation drive at Starr County Memorial Hospital on Saturday, August 22, 2020, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

“It is important for the community to understand that the plasma obtained from donors in the Valley will remain in the region for treatment of patients with severe and life-threatening COVID-19”, said Sohail Rao, MD, MA, DPhil., President and CEO, DHR Health Institute for Research and Development.

With no known drug or treatment available to fight COVID-19, the DHR Health and DHR Health Institute for Research and Development is turning to recovered patients to help give those currently hospitalized and experiencing life-threatening symptoms of COVID-19 the best option to fight the virus.  A single plasma donation can provide plasma for up to four COVID-19 patients, in a process that takes about an hour and a half total. 

Those who are interested in donating during this plasma drive are being asked to register online at https://prereg.dhr-rgv.com/Plasma/ or call the Plasma Donation Call Center at (956) 362-2390. The DHR Health Institute for Research and Development also accepts donors who cannot make the community drives.  To be eligible to donate, you must be 18 years of age or older, have a prior verified diagnosis of COVID-19 via nasal swab test or positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, have symptoms of COVID-19, and must be at least 28 days after complete resolution of symptoms. Compensation will be provided to those who are eligible. 

For more information about the plasma drive in Starr County or about plasma donation, call (956) 362-2390 or visit, www.dhrresearch.org.

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