Oklahoma Blood Institute partners with local church for convalescent plasma donations
TAHLEQUAH – The Oklahoma Blood Institute has had a continuous need for convalescent plasma donations from those who have recovered from COVID-19 or who have had a positive COVID-19 antibody test.
Faith Chapel, a local church, partnered with the OBI to help by hosting a convalescent plasma-focused blood drive on Dec. 17.
“We have really pushed out to this church community because 80% of their members had COVID, and so we knew that this would be a great place to come and gain the support from them,” said OBI account consultant Ashley Travis. “Since we’ve been here I think we’ve collected, on the past two drives, 13 CCP (COVID-19 convalescent plasma) donations and today we have 9 scheduled.”
The Cherokee Nation has also partnered with OBI to help meet the need of blood and CCP donations.
“Cherokee Nation has been so supportive. I work with the city hospital, and I also work with their hospital and they have just been amazing partners of ours. During these unprecedented times, they’ve allowed us to host blood drives where we can,” Travis said. “I have more donors in Tahlequah, which a large population is Cherokee, that they step up, and they come in to roll up their sleeves and give the gift of life.”
Anyone interested in donating can visit the OBI website at obi.org to find donor centers across the state, find blood drives happening in your area or sign up to volunteer.
“Obviously, since we are collecting CCP we still have to collect blood for those trauma accidents that happen and for patients having surgeries,” Travis said. When I say the need for everything right now whether it be platelets, plasma, whole blood, CCP, it’s always there, and it’s remaining there.”