In what they hope will be a breakthrough treatment for those suffering from COVID-19, officials at Virtua Health said two patients — both in their 60s — appear to have beaten the virus after receiving convalescent plasma transfusions, the experimental treatment the FDA approved earlier this month.

Renee Bannister, 63, and Andy Fei, 61, both were on ventilators at Virtua Voorhees Hospital when they became the first two New Jersey residents to receive the groundbreaking plasma therapy. Both are now expected to return home in May, hospital officials said.