FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (July 16, 2020) — The Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center is seeking COVID-19 convalescent plasma donors.
Referred to as CCP, this is the liquid part of blood collected from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 or have tested positive and have been at least 14 days without symptoms. CCP contains antibodies believed to fight the coronavirus and is transfused into patients who are still fighting the infection.
The Department of Defense is on a mission to collect more than 10,000 COVID-19 convalescent plasma units by Sept. 30. CCP donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. There will be additional questions asked about medical and travel history prior to donating.
Potential CCP donors must have fully recovered from COVID-19, and have documented evidence of a positive COVID-19 laboratory test, either diagnostic or serological.
Everyone with a DoD ID card who meets these requirements and lives within 100 miles of Fort Leonard Wood can call 573.596.5385 to schedule an appointment to donate.
About Fort Leonard Wood
Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving and prosperous installation that has evolved from a small basic training post more than 75 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence that trains more than 80,000 military and civilians each year.
Fort Leonard Wood is home to the U.S Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and three U.S. Army schools: the U.S. Army Engineer School; U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School; and the U.S. Army Military Police School. In addition to training engineer, CBRN and military police specialties for the Army, Fort Leonard Wood also provides gender-integrated in-processing and Basic Combat Training for new Soldiers.
Fort Leonard Wood also hosts and trains with the largest Marine Corps Detachment and Air Force Squadron on any Army installation as well as a large Navy construction detachment.
More information about Fort Leonard Wood is at: https://home.army.mil/wood/index.php/about/mission