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- The Red Cross is collecting convalescent plasma — plasma given by those who have recovered from COVID-19 that contains antibodies to attack the virus. Doctors are using this plasma to treat seriously ill COVID-19 patients. Information, including qualifications to give, is online.
- Through June 30, blood collection will continue only at donation centers and sponsored drives, not bloodmobiles. The ‘appointments only’ protocol continues at all blood drives and donation centers through April 30. Look online for appointments in the coming days and weeks.
- The Red Cross continues to provide disaster relief to families affected by disasters, mostly home fires, in Minnesota. This includes supporting non-congregate shelter and other emergency relief, such as health and mental health support, for around 30 people displaced in a multi-unit fire in Minneapolis on April 21.
- In this pandemic environment, the Red Cross is fully prepared to respond to flooding emergencies, if needed, around the state. Hotel sheltering, rather than congregate sheltering, continues to be the preferred option when supporting housing needs for people affected by disasters big and small.