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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