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Floridians wondering if they had COVID-19 recently and just didn't know it have a new way to find out. OneBlood is now testing all blood donations for coronavirus antibodies.

Courtesy: OneBlood

Orlando area patients are starting to get treated for COVID-19 with the blood of patients who have recovered.

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John Garity and OneBlood

Regional blood donation center OneBlood will begin collecting plasma from COVID-19 survivors as a possible treatment for future patients.

An experimental treatment option called “COVID-19 convalescent plasma” has been approved by the FDA to be used on an emergency basis.

A global search is on for rare blood that could save the life of a South Florida toddler who has cancer. Florida-based OneBlood says it’s specifically in need of donors of Middle Eastern descent. And even then, there’s less than a four percent chance of a match.

There are ways people can help the victims and families of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting, besides grief counseling services: 

OneBlood is calling for blood donations ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Blood donations are urgently needed as Hurricane Harvey is causing catastrophic flooding in Texas.