CARMEL, N.Y. - Nuvance Health, owner of Putnam Hospital Center is actively developing a blood plasma donation program to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients. If a person has tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered, they may be able to donate their blood plasma. This blood plasma contains antibodies that can be transferred to patients presently fighting the virus. 

Before the program launches later this month, Nuvance Health is presently recruiting volunteers. Potential donors are asked to register by filling out a questionnaire at the following link:  https://veoci.com/veoci/p/form/d9keubfc4gca

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set up criteria for donations that continue to evolve. Presently, in order to donate, a person must have had a positive COVID-19 test, be symptom-free for at least 14 days with a repeat negative swab or 28 days symptom-free with no need for a repeat swab. In the near future, it may be possible to evaluate people who may have had COVID-19 but were unable to get a test. 

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Once a person registers, a member from the Nuvance Health plasma team will reach out to donors, with priority to those who meet the criteria. 

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