As Florida continues to see COVID-19 cases coming in at over 9,000 new daily cases in the last month, and Tuesday setting a new record for deaths from the virus (186), the Buccaneers are prompting the donation of plasma to aid in the recovery.

And one of those COVID-19 cases, who has now recovered and helping get the word out on the importance of donating plasma, is Bucs tight end Cameron Brate, who contracted the virus during the offseason.

Brate and the Buccaneers posted a video on social media Wednesday morning talking about the importance of plasma donations for those who have recovered, or have tested positive for the antibodies.

According to the Florida Department of Health, as of 11 a.m. on July 28, there have been 441,977 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The numbers include 436,867 Florida residents and 5,110 non-Florida residents. There have been 6,117 Florida resident deaths reported, 123 non-resident deaths and 24,917 hospitalizations.

According to the American Red Cross: people who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as treatment for patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections, or those judged by a healthcare provider to be at high risk of progression to severe or life-threatening disease.

The Buccaneers announced recently that rookie running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn had been placed on the NFL’s new Reserve/COVID-19 list.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at
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11 months ago

Good on you Cameron. I tested positive for COVID-19 back in early March. Suffered through extreme symptoms starting on of all days Friday the 13th. It almost killed me. Lost 20 pounds in 11 days, was hospitalized and suffered through a week of fevers as high as 104. It was so bad when we TV first started talking about signing Brady, I thought I was delirious from fever. Anyway, I have donated plasma five times since clearing protocol, and am up to 20 bags.

Reply to  BobbyBennett
11 months ago

Thank you for sharing your story. Covid-19 is a killer, plain and simple. It’s easy to fall into a state where you think everyone’s mind is made up about how they are going to respond to this pandemic, kind of like politics. However, I encourage all of those who have had it to continue to share your story even if you think it is a broken record falling on deaf ears. You never know if someone is finally going to hear the right story that they can connect with that forces them to wear their mask properly over their nose… Read more »

11 months ago

Glad to hear you have recovered BobbyBennett. In the early days of the virus no one really had a clear idea of how serious this virus was and could be or how to combat it. Now that we do, only a selfish self centered idiot would not wear a mask when he is around others. 1 in 50 people in Florida have contracted the virus in Florida which is just abysml Unfortunately we are being led by a couple of imbeciles who are more worried about a dollar and their reelection than the health and welfare of it’s citizens. They… Read more »