MEDIC officials refute plasma rumors

A rumor has been circulating in the public that Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare Systems is low on plasma and that the public needs to go to the hospital to help provide it, officials said.

But, hospital officials said that they cannot take plasma and if anyone needs to give plasma they have to give it through MEDIC Regional Blood Center.

Felicia Rhodes, spokeswoman for MEDIC, said there is only one place to give plasma in the region.

“All donors wishing to specifically donate plasma for potential transfusion for COVID-19 affected patients must come to the main center in Knoxville,” she said. “We have had several blood drives over the past few weeks in Hamblen and surrounding counties to help off set the demand for such products needed by hospitals. We continue to have a need for especially O, A types as well as rare types such as B-, AB-. “

She said there will be a blood drive today at St Patricks Catholic Church and next week at the Hamblen County Courthouse on Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Medic Mobile and the next day Oct. 28 there will be a MEDIC bus at Healthstar Physicians from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.