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Burke County Sheriff’s Office to plasma drive for recovered COVID-19 patients

Officials at the Shepeard Blood Center say they are in need of blood donations of all blood types while accepting plasma donations. (WRDW)
Officials at the Shepeard Blood Center say they are in need of blood donations of all blood types while accepting plasma donations. (WRDW)(WRDW)
Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 10:11 PM EDT
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WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is collaborating with Shepeard Community Blood Center to host a drive for recovered COVID-19 patients to donate plasma.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 at the sheriff’s headquarters, 225 Georgia Highway 24 in Waynesboro. Appointments are required by Friday by calling 706-737-4551 and asking for Melinda Woodell. You can also email ccpdonor@shepeardblood.org with the subject line “Burke County Plasma.”

Donated plasma can be used for therapy for COVID-19 patients.

Shepeard’s staff practices universal precautions, including wearing masks, and provides a mini physical for donors that includes a temperature check. All donors will be required to wear a mask while donating. Appropriate social distancing measures will be in place.

Donors must meet Food and Drug Administration eligibility requirements, have proof of a COVID-19 diagnosis and be fully recovered for at least 14 days.

If your company or organization would like to hold a similar drive, email Shepeard at info@shepeardblood.org for more information.

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