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The University of Texas students who traveled to Mexico over spring break and tested positive for COVID-19 when they returned may all donate plasma to help those in Austin who are hospitalized as a result of the virus, Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott said yesterday.


"Now we have the opportunity to transition those individuals who have recovered into plasma donors. We have 49 individuals in the ICU, and that means 49 individuals who may benefit from plasma treatment," Dr. Escott said. "We're hoping that this will prove to be successful in treating these critically ill individuals."

Local officials hope to identify hundreds more plasma donors in the coming weeks.

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