Which South Florida hospitals are taking part in plasma program?

A lab technician begins semi-automated testing for COVID-19 at Northwell Health Labs on March 11 in Lake Success, New York. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

A growing number of South Florida Hospitals are now registered to take part in the Mayo Clinic’s Convalescent Plasma Program, accepting plasma donations from people who’ve recovered from COVID-19 in the hopes that it can help those still hospitalized and struggling with the disease.

The local hospitals participating in the program include Memorial Healthcare System, Broward Health System, U-Health System, Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, along with Aventura Hospital, Mercy Hospital and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

All donors must meet FDA criteria, which include a prior diagnosis of documented COVID-19, complete resolution of symptoms at least 14 days prior to donation and a documented negative test or complete resolution of symptoms at least 28 days prior to donation.

Memorial Healthcare, Broward Health System, U-Health System and Cleveland Clinic Florida are taking donations through One Blood through their website, Oneblood.org.

Aventura Hospital, Mercy Hospital and Kendall Regional are working with the American Red Cross and other local donation centers. Interested donors can call their COVID-19 Plasma phone line at 833-582-1971.

Larkin Hospital is working outside of the study program with American Blood Centers to collect convalescent plasma. To participate, call 786-876-6606 or email larkincovid19@gmail.com.

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Veteran journalist Kathleen Corso is the special projects producer for Local 10 News.