Critical Need for COVID-19 Survivors to donate plasma at SunCoast Blood Centers Now

Bradenton, FL – Local hospitals served by SunCoast Blood Centers have put out an urgent call for convalescent plasma to treat patients with life-threatening cases of COVID-19. The ideal candidates are those who have tested positive for the virus and can provide a written diagnosis. To determine if you are able to donate please call SunCoast at 941-993-8119, Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm, or email covid19@suncoastblood.org.

"Community blood centers are at the forefront of delivering convalescent plasma to patients in critical need. This promising investigational product must get to patients without delay, and blood centers across the country have mobilized in response," said Kate Fry, CEO of America's Blood Centers, an organization that represents nearly 50 not-for-profit blood centers throughout the United States who collect close to 60 percent of the nation's blood supply. SunCoast Blood Centers is the local nonprofit blood center serving community hospitals in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and Desoto counties.

While COVID-19 currently has no proven treatment, it is possible that convalescent plasma, a component of blood from patients that have recovered from COVID-19, may provide antibodies to fight the virus. Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 may be eligible to donate 14-28 days after complete resolution of their symptoms.

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About SunCoast Blood Centers - A registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, SunCoast Blood Centers has provided a reliable supply of safe blood products and services for our community since 1949.  SunCoast is the exclusive supplier of blood products and services for Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Complex Care Hospital of Ridgelake, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, North Port Emergency Room, Fawcett Memorial Hospital of Port Charlotte, Englewood Community Hospital and DeSoto Memorial Hospital. SunCoast also partners with Moffitt Cancer Center to provide blood products including pathogen reduced platelets.  Recognized for its outstanding service, the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce honored SunCoast as the 2017 Non-profit of the Year.  SunCoast participates in cancer treatment programs, research and provides therapeutic services at the hospitals it serves. For donor locations and more information, visit www.suncoastblood.org or call 1-866-97-BLOOD.

SunCoast Blood Centers Locations

Lakewood Ranch
Donor Center and Administrative Offices
3025 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard Unit 111
Bradenton, Florida 34211

Sarasota
1760 Mound Street
Sarasota, Florida 34236

Bradenton
Bayshore Shopping Center
6026 14th Street W.
Bradenton, FL 34207

Venice
Bird Bay Plaza
539 US Hwy 41 Bypass
North Venice, FL 34285

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