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Nuvance Health suspending collections of plasma

Another sign of how well Connecticut has done in controlling the spread of COVID-19, Nuvance Health is suspending collections of plasma, which has been used to fight infection.  The health system, which includes Danbury, New Milford, Norwalk and Sharon hospitals, says the Plasma Donation Centers have more than 600 units of plasma stored for future use. 

302 patients were treated with convalescent plasma across the Nuvance Health system.  

Nuvance tapped the New York Blood Center and the American Red Cross to get plasma donations at the start of the pandemic, but opened its own collection sites in April. 

More than 2,100 people have been registered in the Nuvance database as potential donors.  The registry will remain open if cases start to rise.  Nuvance says one or more of the donation centers could reopen for research purposes. 

Plasma contains antibodies that medical experts say can potentially help critically ill patients fighting COVID-19.

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