JONESBORO — Right now, the American Red Cross has an emergency shortage of convalescent plasma, a potentially lifesaving treatment for patients with COVID-19.
The Red Cross has seen demand for convalescent plasma more than double over the last month as the number of coronavirus cases increases across the U.S. Convalescent plasma products are now being distributed faster than donations are coming in.
Individuals who have fully recovered and received a verified COVID-19 diagnosis are urged to sign up to give convalescent plasma now by completing the donor eligibility form at RedCrossBlood.org/plasma4covid.
Blood supplies are also low and a number of blood drives have been scheduled. Donations are also accepted daily at the Jonesboro Blood Donation Center, 1904-A Grant St.
Donation appointments can be made by downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-733-2767, or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
Area blood drives include:
Monday – 2 to 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 404 W. Main St., Paragould.
Tuesday – noon to 4 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1 Jackson St., Wilson.
Wednesday – 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., CrossRidge Community Hospital, 310 South Falls Blvd., Wynne.
Thursday – 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., Arkansas Highway Dept, 2510 W. Kingshighway, Paragould and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Paragould Light Water and Cable, 1901 Jones Road.
Friday – 1 to 5 p.m., Five Rivers Medical Center, 2801 Medical Center Drive, Pocahontas.
Aug. 10 – 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 116 N. Maple St., Osceola and 2 to 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 480 W. Main St., Piggott.
Aug. 13 – 1 to 6 p.m., Church of Christ, 916 E. Bridges Ave., Wynne.
Aug. 14 – 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, 900 W. Kingshighway, Paragould.