Current status of COVID-19 in Missouri
According to the Monroe County Health Department and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services there has been 6,137 (increase of 196) cases in Missouri as of April 23, 2020. 17 of 31 in Region B MSHP are recovered. There has been 57,960 tested.
208 Deaths in Missouri (Bates 1, Boone 1, Buchanan 1, Callaway 1, Camden 1, Cape Girardeau 1, Carter 1, Cass 6, Clay 1, Cole 1, Dunklin 2, Franklin 5, Greene 7, Henry 1, Jackson 8, Jefferson 3, Kansas City 13, Lafayette 1, Lewis 1, Lincoln 1, Linn 1, Newton 1, Pulaski 1, Scott 1, St. Charles County 25, St. François 1, St. Louis City 21, St. Louis County 97, Ste. Genevieve 1, Taney 1, TBD 1) (Increase of 19)
Recovered COVID-19 Patients Encouraged to Donate Plasma to Treat Current Patients
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is encouraging people who are fully recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma, with the aim of helping current COVID-19 patients.
Historically, convalescent plasma has been used to prevent or treat new viral diseases, when other treatments or vaccines were not available. People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that have the potential to work against the virus. The plasma obtained from the blood of people who recovered from COVID-19 (convalescent plasma) is being evaluated as treatment for hospitalized patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections, or those judged by a healthcare provider to be at high risk of progression to severe or life-threatening disease. Blood specimens may also be used to better understand patients’ immune responses to COVID-19 to assist development of new therapies and vaccines.
Those who are fully recovered from a verified coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosis, can contact the health care institution in their area to be evaluated for eligibility. Eligible candidates are those who:
· Are over the age of 18 years.
· Are not pregnant.
· Have had a previous positive COVID-19 test.
· Have been free from COVID-19 symptoms for at least 14 days.
These are unpaid, voluntary donations.
“Recently, I was on part of a virtual town hall regarding COVID-19, and a participant exemplified the spirit of so many Missourians when he stated that he wanted to help,” said Dr. Randall Williams, director of DHSS. “It turns out that he has recovered from COVID-19 and wants to donate his plasma to help those who are severely ill. We greatly appreciate the generosity he’s shown and of all those who have been fortunate to recover and choose to help others do the same.”
Interested candidates are encouraged to reach out to the nearest participating provider for instructions. More partners are expected to be added to this project in the coming days and weeks.
More information can be found at the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project website or the American Association of Blood Banks website.
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