BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and Vitalant are asking individuals who previously tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered to consider donating their plasma, also known as convalescent plasma.

There is currently no proven treatment for COVID-19, but the Food and Drug Administration is allowing the transfusion of convalescent plasma as an investigational treatment. It’s currently the only antibody treatment available for COVID-19 patients.

Convalescent plasma donors must have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and meet the following criteria:

  • Have a prior diagnosis of COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test.
  • Experienced complete resolution of symptoms for at least 14 days with a subsequently negative COVID-19 test or complete resolution of symptoms for at least 28 days (with or without a negative COVID-19 test).
  • Meet all other donor eligibility for an automated plasma donation, including: Be at least 16 years old (16- and 17-year-olds must bring a signed permission form from a parent or guardian), weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good general health.

Individuals who meet the criteria and are interested in becoming a donor can contact their physician or visit www.vitalant.org/covidfree for more information on how to refer themselves. Individuals or family members who are interested in acquiring a donation for a family member should contact their clinician for more information.