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ROCHESTER, Minn. – After recovering from the novel coronavirus, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s husband is donating plasma in an effort to help others who have tested positive for COVID-19.

In a social media post Monday, the former Democratic presidential candidate shared a photo her husband, John Bessler, giving plasma to the Expanded Access Program for Convalescent Plasma at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

“Here’s my husband, John, donating plasma at the Mayo Clinic!” she tweeted. “People like John who’ve recovered from coronavirus have antibodies in their blood – which may help others fight the virus. If you have had coronavirus, you may be able to do the same.”

Klobuchar also encouraged her followers to visit the program’s website to learn more about donating plasma.

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Klobuchar announced in a March 23 statement that Bessler, 52, had been diagnosed with the coronavirus. Three days later, she said he had been released from the hospital after being treated for pneumonia and low oxygen.

KAAL and KSTP reported that Bessler was the seventh participant in the Mayo Clinic’s experimental program, which is sponsored by the federal government.

“I encourage all others who have recovered from COVID-19 to also consider donating their plasma to help develop potential remedies to this virus that is impacting so many people across Minnesota and the country,” Bessler said, according to KAAL.

As of Tuesday morning, Minnesota had reported at least 3,811 confirmed coronavirus cases and 286 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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