Tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered? Red Cross wants your plasma

Posted at 12:58 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 14:58:33-05

GREAT FALLS — If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered, the Red Cross wants you to donate plasma.

The plasma is being given to COVID-19 patients as a possible treatment.

The plasma from someone who has recovered from the virus contains antibodies that may attack the virus in people who are sick.

The Red Cross chapters in Great Falls and Missoula are the only two in Montana where this plasma can be donated.

Once it’s been donated, it’s distributed as needed across the country with priority being given to hospitals in Montana.

As of November 17, Red Cross chapters nationwide had distributed more than 70,000 units of the plasma.

"I think donors are really stepping up right now to donate and we're testing every donation for the antibodies, so that's pretty cool. I've gotten numbers of calls from people that want to donate and try to help people out,” said Scott Shanahan, Great Falls Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative.

To donate, you must be at least 17 years old, have been recovered from the virus for at least 14 days, and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Click here to visit the Red Cross website for more information.