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Nuvance Health Blood Plasma Donation Centers to open this week

Nuvance Health has launched three Convalescent Plasma Donation Centers, giving people who have recovered from COVID-19 an opportunity to donate potentially life-saving plasma to critically ill patients fighting the virus.

The center at Danbury Hospital will open on Friday.  The one at Vassar Brothers Medical Center opens today.  The one at Norwalk Hospital opens Wednesday. 

Nuvance Health has been using plasma for COVID-19 patients, working with the New York Blood Center and the American Red Cross to procure donations.  Nuvance Health has opened its own donor centers to meet the demands and to rapidly increase available plasma. 

The FDA requires donors to be 14 day symptom free, have a negative swab or have been symptom free for 28 days, with no need for a repeat swab.  Individuals must first register online and a staff member will contact the prospective candidates for further instruction. Priority is now being given to donors getting closer to the 28-day, symptom-free interval.

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