The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is permitting convalescent plasma as an investigational treatment for patients with moderate or severe COVID-19 symptoms, and studies have been encouraging. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is working with local hospitals to assess their needs and contacting donors who may qualify to give blood.
To qualify, donors must be 17 years or older, meet Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s general eligibility requirements for donating blood and have had a positive test laboratory test for COVID-19. They must be fully recovered with no symptoms for at least 14 days.
Anyone with questions or who wants to sign up for an appointment can contact Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center at (713) 791-6608, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or complete our online form.
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is the only blood provider to Houston and its surrounding communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We are one of the largest community blood centers in the United States, serving 26 counties from the Texas Gulf Coast to Brazos Valley to East Texas and more than 170 hospitals and health care institutions. Our facilities include Blood Center East Texas (Lufkin, Nacogdoches) and The Blood Center of Brazos Valley (College Station).
To meet the needs of the community, we need 800-1,000 donations a day, and all blood donors in the U.S. must be unpaid volunteers. Those units of blood are a vital lifeline for Houston’s health care industry and are used in surgeries, cancer treatments and various medical procedures.
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