Governor Stitt is calling on recovered COVID-19 patients to follow in his footsteps and donate plasma.
The governor's donation was made possible through the Oklahoma Blood Institute at one of their locations in Enid. Both the institute and the Governor said these donations are desperately needed.
"You know that's one of the main treatments right now is to give plasma, which is the antibodies which are given to people being treated in the hospital for COVID," said Governor Stitt. "So for every person that has the antibodies, that has already recovered from it, we can help four."
Since June, OBI staff said they've seen a 700 percent increase in demand for plasma. KWTV was also told the OBI has had over 600 plasma donors since early April and over 2,700 units have been shipped to 60 hospitals in their system.
The institute is urging recovered COVID-19 patients to donate. One donation could help up to four people.
Anyone interested must be 14 days symptom free in order to donate. You can also donate if you're positive for the antibodies. OBI staff said people can donate every seven days.