Back on April 12th, I posted a call for platelet donations issued by Valley Health and Mt. Sinai Hospitals. I know of a handful of people who’ve donated blood or platelets, including my Felician colleague Amy Dombach and (I believe) PoT’s own Michael Young, but I know of only one person who did so specifically in response to my post. Loyal but low-key PoT reader Chris Paglinco tells me (if I understand correctly) that he donated blood to the Valley/Mt. Sinai program after being presumptively COVID-positive, and getting the idea for a platelet donation by reading about it here. In his words: “They took samples of my blood for antibody testing. If I have had COVID-19, and have the requisite level of antibodies, I will go back and make the actual plasma donation.”*
I’m happy to hear that, and hope Chris will write up his experiences for my COVID-19 Narrative Project at some point.
NB: Though the program is run by both Valley and Mt. Sinai, to the best of my knowledge, the blood work is done at Valley’s lab in Paramus, New Jersey, not at Mt. Sinai in New York.
*The original sentence incorrectly stated that Chris had donated platelets.