Namida Lab, a private biotech startup headquartered in Fayetteville, commercial COVID-19 serology antibody testing to the public and expanded blood collection locations around the state.

Correction: We report that Namida Lab has obtained FDA approval. The lab's test kit in use is currently in the pipeline for Emergency Use Approval with the FDA.

The American Red Cross is in need of donations from donors of all blood types. This summer, the nonprofit is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to their donors.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized an experimental plasma therapy program in Arkansas to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients.

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The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, with facilities in Springdale and Bentonville, remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic under strict medical security measures. Donors are urgently needed as most public blood drives have been cancelled until further notice.

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The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is using a new self-contained blood collection vehicle in Northwest Arkansas. The new vehicle, dubbed “The Blood Vessel,” is a 37-foot long vehicle replacing a previous version that was nearing two decades of continual use.